Dawn Bowden, local Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, has welcomed official confirmation of the progress being made with major transport investment projects for the constituency.
Dawn was today (13.02.19) delighted to receive assurances from Ken Skates AM, the Welsh Government Minister for Economy and Transport, that good progress is being made on the planned improvements for the A465 (Heads of the Valleys), for a new bus station in Merthyr Tydfil and for the rollout of new trains on the Metro system in the coming years.
Dawn Bowden AM said “I have kept pressing the case for these major new investments and it is reassuring to hear from the Minister that they are all now getting closer to delivery from the pipeline of investment plans. They will each deliver significant investment and of course fresh opportunities in the years ahead. Irrespective of the outcome of the Brexit debate these are projects, and this is all investment, that our Welsh Government can help to deliver. The work to ensure their success goes on”.
Dawn added “These projects involve significant investment, procurement, training and job opportunities. They will provide stronger connections for both parts of my constituency to the job opportunities in the wider City region, but importantly they will also mean Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney can make stronger offers for further investment in to our local economies. Of course we need access to jobs, but I also keep pressing the case for ‘Jobs Closer to Home’ in our valleys communities. We have strong foundations and these transport investments can help to take us to the next level”.
“So alongside this major transport investment I also want to see a new economic plan for the communities along the Heads of the Valleys that will also help to deliver our vision for further investment in tourism and culture, our environment and the newer emerging and digital technologies. We must continue to have bold aspirations for new investment in our communities so that we look to bring projects to the Upper Rhymney valley as well as locations like the former Hoover site and “The Crucible” in Merthyr Tydfil. The investment in transport will help to bring plans from the drawing board in to reality”.
Watch the question to Economy Minister Ken Skates from Dawn Bowden here: