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Wales pledges £300M transport spend

THE WELSH ASSEMBLY last week earmarked £300M to spend on transport over the next five years.

Funding goes to local authorities as support for their integrated transport plans.

Welsh environment minister Sue Essex this week unveiled indicative construction dates for several rail improvements and road schemes, and the detailed allocation of grants to local authorities for major road and rail projects in 2001-02.

Support for rail infrastructure improvements is set at £10.7M.

This includes backing for the £28M South Wales Integrated Fast Transit (SWIFT) partnership with Railtrack to upgrade the Vale of Glamorgan line for passenger services.

Another £9.6M has been pledged to several road schemes including the £24M Cwm Relief Road, the £26M Mid Valleys Strategic Route and the £30M Bridgend Cross Valley link.

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