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Welsh politicians urged to boost rail spend

WELSH POLITICIANS today face calls from the ICE for a tenfold increase in rail spending, as the Institution launches a lobbying campaign ahead of the May elections.

The campaign will also hit Scotland, where politicians will be urged to back a major package of roads spending.

This includes completion of the motorway network around Glasgow and Glasgow Airport and upgrading of the A1 from Newcastle to Edinburgh.

For each country the ICE has produced an 'Agenda for Change', offering a 'top-line assessment of the key challenges facing the nation' and setting out 'what the ICE wants to see happen to move things forward'.

In Wales, the ICE is calling for the creation of a rapid transit link between the Cardiff Bay development area and the city centre.

It also wants a strategic assessment of the needs of Welsh airports over the next 30 years, increased funding to implement the Wales Waste Strategy, the creation of a flood agency for Wales and greater use of wind and wave power.

In Scotland, the ICE will also call for a rail link between Edinburgh and the borders to boost economic prospects for the border areas and to ease road congestion in Edinburgh.

A similar report has been produced for Northern Ireland, despite the collapse of the regional assembly. This calls for £85M annual funding for essential road maintenance work.

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