The South East Wales Transport Alliance has welcomed the Welsh Assembly Government’s Regional Transport Consortia Grant for 2011/12, which will allow continued investment in sustainable travel throughout South East Wales.
Despite tight financial constraints, Sewta which co-ordinates transport strategy, plans and programmes for the ten local councils of South East Wales, has been awarded a total of £11.456m to continue the delivery of investment in transport infrastructure featured in its five year Regional Transport Plan, including £3.1m for improving road safety.
A total of £2.5m will go to walking and cycling projects including:
£2.1m will be spent of bus priority schemes incuding:
£2m will be spent on interchanges and park & ride including:
In addition £260,000 will be spent on road improvements in Ebbw Vale and Pontypool and £230,000 on station improvement schemes throughout South East Wales.
Councillor Jeffery James, Chair of Sewta said:
“Our successful funding bid is excellent news as Sewta’s work improving access to public transport is more important than ever during these times of financial hardship when local jobs are few and commuting becomes inevitable for many wage earners. This transport grant recognises that fact. It also recognises the achievements of Sewta, and its 10 local authorities, in successfully delivering projects so far and our ambitious plans for the future."