WELSH TRANSPORT minister Peter Hain this week gave the go ahead for £326M to be spent on road construction and maintenance by 2004 and announced a £42.5M boost for integrated transport projects this year.
Eight local authority schemes worth £222M have been identified as priority projects after a review of the Welsh Transport Grant programme, and will be started in the next five years.
They include the £81.5M Newport southern distributor road - a local authority pathfinder project under the Private Finance Initiative - and the £46M Cardiff airport access road phase 1, also to be privately funded.
Also included is £104M from the Welsh Office to be spent this year on trunk road maintenance, and support for the DBFO dualling of the A55 across Anglesey, the contract for which was let this week to UK Highways. Work on the A40 Fishguard western bypass, and small scale safety schemes will also be continued.
The £42.5M pledged for other transport schemes in 1999-2000 includes £11.4M to be split between 11 public transport projects.