By-pass funding decision “appalling”

The Welsh Government’s decision not to grant funding for the next stage of the feasibility study of the Dinas Powys By-Pass to go ahead is “short sighted” – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.

Demand for a by-pass from residents of Dinas Powys – the largest village in Wales – has been strong for several decades – but support for the project is widespread across the Eastern Vale.

The Vale Council’s latest bid for funding was rejected by the Welsh Government – a move Mr Davies described as “bitterly disappointing”.

He had previously praised the Welsh Government for their willingness to engage regarding the project – and urged Ministers to get back around the table and make the project a reality.

Mr Davies said, “Demand for a Dinas Powys by-pass is strong and growing by the day – and not just from residents of the village itself.

“It falls bang in the middle of the route from Wales’ largest town to our capital city – so it is clear transport infrastructure must be improved.

“The by-pass is central to that – and it must be delivered.

“It’s therefore disappointing that the Council’s latest bid for funding to take the project forward has been rejected – which is the latest sign of under investment in the Vale.

“It’s vital that the Welsh Government – whom I’ve previously praised for their receptiveness to the project – get back around the table. We simply cannot allow for the by-pass not to happen.”

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