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Welsh Conservatives pledge to spend £50m on upgrading north-south A470 road

30 Mar 2021 3 minute read
The A470 trunk road passing over Bwlch Oerddrws. Picture by Velella (CC BY-SA 2.5).

The Welsh Conservatives have pledged to spend £50m on upgrading the 186-mile A470, the main north-south road in Wales.

They also promised to revive the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show with a comeback support package to ensure it remains Europe’s second largest rural festival.

They said that it was part of a list of pledges for the people of mid-Wales.

The Conservatives will attempt to wrestle control of Brecon and Radnorshire in Powys from the Liberal Democrats in the Senedd election.

Welsh Conservative Candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire, James Evans, said: “Labour—propped up by the Lib Dems—have taken Brecon and Radnor and Mid Wales for granted for too long.

“But this Senedd election is one of the most important for Brecon and Radnorshire in many years because this time change is possible.

“A vote for Labour or the Lib Dems will result in five years of the same, where both parties haven’t delivered what our country needs.

“Whilst a vote for the Welsh Conservatives is to focus on our economic recovery and delivering more jobs, better hospitals and first class schools.

“With new energy and new ideas, our recovery plan will build a stronger Brecon and Radnorshire, and a better Wales.”

‘Clapped out’

As well as the pledges outlined above, their recovery plan for Mid-Wales promises to:

  • Create a £250 million Rural Road Fund to tackle the “blight” of potholes
  • Scrap Labour and Lib Dems’ “draconian” NVZ regulations for farmers
  • Deliver modern NHS facilities for Mid Wales with new and upgraded hospitals.
  • Introduce a Tourism Towns Fund enabling communities to improve their local economy by attracting new visitors with free WiFi and improved transport links.
  • Work with the UK Government to establish a National Rural Crime Taskforce for Wales.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Mid Wales, Russell George, said: “For too long, successive Labour governments in Cardiff Bay – propped up by the Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru – have ignored the specific needs of Mid Wales.

“That’s why May’s Senedd election is the most important in a generation. The pandemic has put Mid Wales at a crossroads – and as the vaccine rolls out, the election will decide which road we take.

“We can’t risk more of the same by continuing with a tired, clapped-out Labour Party propped up by their little helpers, continually breaking promises to the communities of Mid Wales such as the introduction of draconian NVZ rules that will devastate many rural businesses.

“Welsh Conservatives will deliver change and build a better Wales with a dedicated recovery plan for families, workers and businesses across Mid Wales.

“We’ll open up Mid Wales with a rural road fund and investment in the A470, we’ll scrap the draconian NVZs, we’ll boost local economies by launching a Tourism Towns Fund, as well as ensure the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show is better than it has ever been by introducing a support package.”

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