Conservatives promise A55 upgrade for Wales in manifesto
The Conservatives have promised to upgrade the A55 as part of their UK-wide manifesto, launched today by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
A number of seats in the north-east of Wales, such as Delyn, Alyn and Deeside and the Vale of Clwyd, are key to his bid to win a majority in next month’s General Election.
“To support our Union, we will upgrade the A55 as the main road transport artery for North Wales –improving its capacity and resilience to build connections between Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom,” the manifesto says.
“We are ambitious for the Welsh economy and for our Union. We will ensure that Wales gets a fair deal, with major investments in infrastructure and industry to deliver real opportunity across the nation.”
Transport is devolved, so as with the M4 relief road, it is likely that the Welsh Parliament would need to give the go ahead to any significant improvements to the A55.
The manifesto also promises to improve connectivity between England and Wales more generally.
“Too often infrastructure is focused on national connectivity within England and within Wales, rather than across the communities which live and work near the border,” the manifesto says.
“We will work with the Welsh Government and councils on both sides of the border to negotiate a transformative Marches Growth Deal, focusing on cross-border infrastructure which supports the local and cross-border economy.”
The manifesto also includes a commitment to continue to support Welsh institutions such as S4C, the National Library and Museum, the Urdd and the National Eisteddfod.
“We will support the ambition for one million people in Wales to be able to speak Welsh by 2050,” the manifesto says.
Culture is a devolved matter but broadcast is handled by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Commenting on the launch of the Conservative manifesto, Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts said it was clear Wales was just an “afterthought”.
“Unsurprisingly Wales is just an afterthought in this manifesto, with a handful of mentions. Boris Johnson and the Conservatives care little and know even less about what our nation needs.
“He wants to force Brexit through despite the fact that it would be disastrous for Wales, risking thousands of jobs in our agriculture and manufacturing industries, and putting a hard border in the Irish Sea.
“The only way to make Wales’s voice heard, to make sure you have representatives from your community fighting for our country, is by electing Plaid Cymru MPs. ”