Friday, 3 April 2009

Carmarthenshire Investment Welcomed

The announcement that the Assembly government is making a significant investment in Carmarthenshire transport schemes has been welcomed by Plaid's councillors in the county. Cllr Siân Thomas, the party's spokesperson on Transport on Carmarthenshire County Council, said, "The Deputy First Minister has this week announced funding of £1.7 million for schemes in Carmarthenshire. This is an important investment in the transport infrastructure of the county, and represents a real commitment by the One Wales government to working with local authorities for the benefit of the community."

The spending package announced by the Deputy First Minister, Plaid Cymru's Ieuan Wyn Jones, included the North Carmarthen and Ceredigion link road, which gets £200,000 and £600,000 towards Phase 1 of the Ammanford Distributor Road works. In addition, the Amman Valley Cycleway project gets £350,000, £100,000 has been awarded to improve town centre public transport and £52,000 for a project to improve rural and urban transport accessibility. And the Dafen / Felinfoel ‘Safe Routes in Communities’ project gets £388,000.

Cllr Thomas added that the Safe Routes in Communities scheme was a particularly important one. "This scheme builds on the success of the previous programme, 'Safe Routes to School'," said Cllr Thomas. "It aims to develop safe walking and cycling routes which provide links within communities to other facilities such as leisure centres, parks, hospitals and care centres".

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