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Wales set to row back on default 20mph limits

22/04/2024

Welsh government ministers are set to amend their controversial policy of default 20mph limits in an effort to compromise with critics.

Wales begins 20mph enforcement

09/01/2024

Police in Wales have started to enforce new 20mph speed limits across the devolved nation.

Welsh transport minister: You win some engineers you lose some

22/03/2023

Welsh transport minister Lee Waters has told Highways the devolved nation could lose engineers due to its new, restrictive criteria for building roads but insisted young professionals would be attracted to the challenge of working in line with the UK’s 2050 net zero target.

UK funding no way to bypass roads policy, Welsh minister says

26/02/2023

A project which escaped scrutiny by the Welsh Roads Review Panel after the UK Government awarded funding does not provide a model for local authorities to bypass the Welsh Government’s radical new roads policy, a minister has said.

Wales announces radical new road building policy

16/02/2023

The Welsh Government has cancelled a swathe of road schemes and set out new conditions for all future schemes to meet, which include not increasing road capacity and not adversely affecting ecologically valuable sites.

Newbridge secures cash for Storm Christoph repair

11/05/2022

The Welsh Government has awarded Wrexham Council £2.8m to repair a key road that was severely damaged by Storm Christoph last year.

Highway engineers are part of Wales solution, Waters says

19/08/2021

Highway engineers in Wales are facing some of the biggest changes to transport policy of their careers, but a government minister has said they should not see this as a repudiation of their work.

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.

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