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Welsh Conservatives launch Senedd campaign with promise of £2bn spent on roads

22 Mar 2021 3 minute read
M4 traffic at Port Talbot. Picture by Ben Salter (CC BY 2.0). Inset: Andrew RT Davies.

The Welsh Conservatives will launch their Senedd campaign today with a promise of working with the UK Government to invest £2bn in Wales’ infrastructure.

The party said that the money would be spent on the M4 Relief Road, upgrades to the A55 and A40, and green charging points.

The party’s leader Andrew RT Davies said that Wales was “at a crossroads” and that the election would decide what road it would take.

“Our economy is currently experiencing the deepest downturn since records began, and evidence shows that Welsh communities could be amongst the worst hit in the UK,” he said. “We need a plan for recovery and for jobs.

“The people of Wales can’t afford another five years of Labour propped up by the nationalists. The same old Labour that has allowed the problems in our country to mount up over the past two decades and have no plan to fix things.

“We will ensure Welsh families, workers and businesses can bounce back from the pandemic, by creating new opportunities and delivering investment in our infrastructure and public services. It’s a message of positivity and hope.

“Welsh Conservatives will build a better Wales and create the opportunities Wales needs, and solve the challenges Wales faces, with more jobs, better hospitals and first class schools.”

‘Get things done’

Welsh Conservatives will deliver a better Wales with a costed recovery plan and guarantee that will create the opportunities Wales needs, and solve the challenges Wales faces, they said:

Their election pledges to Wales include:

  • 65,000 new jobs to help the Welsh economy bounce back and so more families have the security of a regular wage
  • A Council Tax freeze for at least the next two years, helping with the cost of living and ensuring people keep more money in their pockets
  • Working with UK Government to inject £2 billion to create a modern infrastructure for Wales, including an M4 Relief Road, upgrades to the A55 and A40, and green charging points
  • New hospitals and extra funding for the NHS every year, with 3,000 more nurses and 1,200 doctors
  • Delivering 5,000 more teachers and more investment in Welsh education to provide more opportunities for young people and reviving our education system

Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart MP, said that there had “never been a more important time for two governments to work together in Wales to rebuild the Welsh economy”.

“Without a strong economy, there cannot be a strong health or education system. Without a strong economy, we cannot fund the vital public services such as the police and security services to keep our streets safe.

“The Conservatives have shown that we are a Government who will get things done, and the ambitions we have for Wales working side by side are unparalleled.

“That is what is on offer from the Welsh Conservatives for the people of Wales on May 6th.”

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