Welsh Labour’s Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, has announced nearly £29m funding for transport schemes across Wales to improve safety, create economic growth and promote active travel.
The grants have been awarded through four different funds, from which local authorities can bid for money to support their projects:
- A total of 38 schemes across 22 local authorities and the development of active travel maps will be funded by £17.6m from the Local Transport Fund.
- A total of nearly £5.02m has been allocated to 30 schemes across 20 local authorities through the Safe Routes in Communities fund for walking and cycling routes.
- Nearly £3.94million will be distributed in grants from the Road Safety Capital fund to 43 schemes across 17 local authorities.
- All 22 local authorities in Wales receive a share of £1,936,741 from the Road Safety Revenue fund for road safety training programmes such as Kerbcraft, PassPlus Cymru, National Standard Cycle Training and motorcyclist training.
The Minister also announced funding of £210,000 for the establishment of an Independent Traffic Commissioner for Wales. The Welsh Government is currently in discussions with the UK Government to establish the post and this funding would allow that to go ahead if an agreement is reached.
The funding is made up of £150,000 to put in place a new full-time Commissioner supported by three full-time, bilingual staff accommodated in Wales and a further £60,000 one-off costs for the recruitment process and fit-out the accommodation.