Lord Burns to lead North Wales transport review

A new Transport Commission which will develop a pipeline of transport projects for North Wales has been announced by Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters.

The North Wales Transport Commission follows the model of the commission set up after the cancellation of the M4 relief road in South East Wales and will also be led by Lord Terry Burns, former permanent secretary of the British Treasury.

The announcement follows recommendations from the Welsh Government’s Roads Review Panel and the recently published Union Connectivity Review by Network Rail Chairman Sir Peter Hendy for a ‘multi-modal’ review of the corridor A55.

The year-long review will develop recommendations for road, rail, bus and active travel across North Wales.

This step follows the advice of the Roads Review Board to cancel the current plans for the A55 junction 14/15 and 16/16A improvement scheme, on which ministers agreed. It was also agreed on the other projects that the group will examine as part of its final report expected this summer.

Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters, said:

“If we are serious about tackling the climate emergency, we must be prepared to do things differently and, above all, provide people in North Wales with real alternatives to using their cars for most journeys.

“As well as looking at the A55 corridor, the North Wales Transport Commission will also look at how we can improve sustainable transport options in rural areas. This will require a shift in investment towards public transport and I am very happy that Lord Burns has agreed to lead a panel of local experts to compile a detailed list of the projects that will be needed to make this a reality.

“It doesn’t mean the end of road building, but it does mean a greater focus on maintaining the roads we already have as well as investing in alternatives to give people a real choice.”

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