Tories urge Welsh gov to work with them to fix ‘dire’ Wales-England links, but ‘didn’t share’ plan with them beforehand
Conservatives have urged the Welsh and Scottish Governments to work with the UK Government on a plan to improve “dire” cross border links between Wales, England and Scotland.
However, a Welsh Government minister said that the UK Government had not shared its plans to upgrade the travel network with them before publishing it.
The Union Connectivity Review revealed today will be a means of “binding” the UK together according to UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
But Deputy Climate Change Minister, Lee Waters said that he had not “gone through” the report yet “because the UK Government didn’t share it”.
He later shared a tweet by Welsh politics podcast create Richard Martin which said: “Love the idea that you can connect the union without even speaking to the other governments in the union.”
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson had earlier called on the devolved governments to engage with the process, with transport devolved to both Cardiff and Edinburgh.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Transport, Natasha Asghar MS, said that it was “no secret that public transport within Wales and transport links between here and England are dire with heavy congestion on many roads and trains which are often overcrowded and rarely turn up on time”.
“Better transport links between the UK nations will create better economic opportunities and I implore Labour to work with the Conservative Government to grasp these opportunities and level up Wales,” she said.
But she added that “Labour’s answer to solving Wales’ travel nightmare is to just stop all road building and turn a blind eye, forcing commuters to carry on suffering”.
“Only recently we saw a prime example of Labour’s poor track record of investing in infrastructure when they axed a much-needed bypass in Llanbedr, meaning residents will have to endure motoring misery for even longer.
“Thankfully, the UK Government recognises the need to invest in roads and not freeze projects, as seen with the Pant-Llanymynech bypass which will benefit residents of Wales.”
The Welsh Government is yet to respond officially to the report.