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A465 schemes 'double the cost' of UK dualling

22/02/2021

The estimated construction cost per km of the Welsh Government’s recent A465 dualling contract is more than double that of other comparable current schemes in the UK.

Exclusive: Welsh Govt ignored COVID impact in A465 reappraisal

04/01/2021

The Welsh Government excluded the impacts of COVID-19 from the revised business case for dualling 11 miles of the A465 between Dowlais and Hirwaun, Highways can reveal.

Private financing pays for £550m Heads of the Valleys section

10/11/2020

The Welsh Government has awarded a major road widening contract, which will use private finance and is estimated to be worth more than half a billion pounds.

Exclusive: Average speed cameras cut Welsh air pollution by half

14/10/2020

Highways can reveal that air pollution at roadside hotspots reduced dramatically after the Welsh Government began enforcing lower speed limits with cameras.

Welsh councils to get pavement parking enforcement powers

14/10/2020

Councils in Wales could have greater powers to prevent pavement parking by 2022 after ministers backed recommendations from an independent taskforce.

M4 at centre of 'stolen powers' debate

14/09/2020

There are concerns in Wales that the UK Government may use powers ‘stolen’ from devolved nations to build the £1.5bn M4 Relief Road at Newport – which Welsh ministers cancelled last year.

Enforcement costs soar as Welsh 20mph limits accelerate

08/09/2020

Concerns have begun to emerge over the costs and practicalities of ensuring compliance with a sudden proliferation of 20mph limits in Wales.

COVID crisis delays Welsh trunk roads transfer

28/07/2020

The planned transfer of Welsh Government highways functions to Transport for Wales has been postponed indefinitely.

Welsh cousin of PFI could fund further projects

10/02/2020

The Welsh Government is not ruling out using its novel Mutual Investment Model (MIM) to fund further transport projects, beyond the Hirwaun-Dowlais A465 dualling.

Costs spiral by £116m on flagship Heads of the Valleys scheme

20/11/2019

The Welsh Government expects to be liable for £116.2m of additional costs for the A465 Heads of the Valleys dualling between Gilwern and Brynmawr, equating to 53% of the original £220m cost estimate.

Third Menai Crossing business case 'weakened'

20/11/2019

The Welsh Government is still expecting funding from ‘external partners’ for its planned Third Menai Crossing, despite a major blow to hopes of the structure doubling up as a high-voltage cable route for Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.

Fast-tracked measures for M4, after relief road rejected

05/06/2019

The Welsh Government has promised fast-tracked measures to alleviate congestion on the M4 at Newport, while a special commission will consider longer-term solutions.

M4 relief road plans dropped

04/06/2019

First Minister Mark Drakeford has abandoned plans for an M4 relief road on cost and environmental grounds, stating there is 'no prospect of the project being implemented in the foreseeable future'.

NEC could be updated after Heads of the Valleys failures

08/04/2019

Changes could be made to the New Engineering Contract and the Welsh Government’s model contract to reflect lessons learned from a long-running dispute over a road scheme.

Wales awards first Infrastructure Delivery Partner (IDP) contracts

05/04/2019

Transport for Wales has revealed the names of the first companies to win Infrastructure Delivery Partner (IDP) contracts as it ramps up its £738m modernisation programme for the Core Valley Lines.

Optimistic to a fault? First minister brushes off Heads of the Valleys issues

31/01/2019

A Welsh dualling scheme beset by delays, rising costs and a contractual dispute has been hailed by first minister Mark Drakeford as an example of successful capital investment in Wales.

Welsh Government signs up to Elgin

16/01/2019

The Welsh Government has adopted the Elgin roadworks pro traffic disruptions product, designed to improve planning, monitoring and communication of road and street works across the country.

£500m Heads of the Valleys dualling contract up for grabs

31/07/2018

The Welsh Government has formally invited bids to build and finance the £500m final section of the A465 Heads of the Valleys dualling.

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