Wales is to set up its own National Infrastructure Commission to help direct the billion pound transport investments it is planning to make over the next five years.
As well as the proposed M4 corridor, these include major improvements to the M4, A55, A40 and A494, a South Wales Metro, the development of a North Wales Metro, a new rail franchise, a ports development fund and the development of a third Menai crossing.
A government spokesman said that the commission would work closely with its Westminster counterpart as it helps innovation and industry engagement with the major projects planned.
“Our historic, multi billion pound investment shows how serious this Welsh Government is about delivering a world class transport system in Wales – one that sustainably connects people and communities to jobs and services and drives our economy forward,” said the Welsh Government’s economy and infrastructure secretary Ken Skates.
“Our network holds the key to delivering a prosperous Wales, to ensuring our general health and wellbeing and building cohesive communities. Our collective challenge must be to use this billion pound investment creatively and collaboratively to sustainably develop a world class transport system that delivers the very best results for Wales.
“I also want to establish a better informed, better designed, long-term, evidenced-based approach to the planning of our transport network and the National Infrastructure Commission, which we are proposing, alongside an updated Welsh Transport Planning and Appraisal Guidance will help ensure this.”
A consultation on the congestion solutions for the A494 and A55 will take place in March 2017. There are two proposals for the Deeside corridor project, either of which will cost more than £200M, making it the largest Welsh Government investment on these roads since they were first built.