The Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport for Wales has confirmed grant funding of almost £11 million that will help to improve road safety in the country.
Local authorities will benefit from the investment, giving them the opportunity to promote the theme of the government’s economic plan – Prosperity for All – which focuses on uniting and connecting.
Investment will result in the delivery of modern and connected infrastructure along the healthy and active theme.
Capital and revenue spend will both get a share of the road safety money, with priorities including a route safety treatment and additional road safety measures identified on the A4080 Llanfairpwll to Aberffraw in Anglesey.
In addition, 20mph zones in Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea will also receive a share of almost £4 million of capital funding.
The Welsh government has prioritised road safety revenue funding over the years, for schemes and training that prioritise active travel.
In excess of £1.8 million has been allocated for road safety revenue funding – more than 80% of this will be directed to these initiatives, whilst over £650,000 is allocated for National Standards Cycle Training, and pedestrian safety schemes will be underpinned by funding in the region of £850,000.
Lee Waters is the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport. He spoke about the improved safety that this grant funding will bring.
“Projects such as cycle training are invaluable if we are to encourage the next generation to see active travel as the natural choice for local journeys.
“The money awarded to capital projects will go to improve the infrastructure, which will make it possible for active travel to be safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike.”
The government in Wales is promoting the safety measures that are becoming more widespread; only recently, the government was urged to adopt a Vision Zero approach to road safety.
Grant funding such as that from the Welsh government will accelerate road safety.