North Wales receives less funding for active travel schemes

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar has attacked the Welsh Government for allocating North Wales with far less funding for active travel schemes than the rest of the country.

Back in May, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance announced 60 million to support active travel schemes, connecting people’s homes to schools, jobs and their local community with the aim of encouraging more people to walk or cycle. 

Last week, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates AM, allocated the first 10.36 million to local authorities across Wales, and Darren is disappointed that North Wales Councils will receive just 1,338, 000 of the total amount, with the rest going to local authorities in mid and south Wales.

Anglesey and Gwynedd have been allocated nothing, and while Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham are to benefit, their allocations are far less than local authorities in other parts of Wales.

Darren said:

“It is deeply disappointing but not surprising that once again North Wales is the poor relation. It seems that every time money is allocated by the Welsh Government, North Wales misses out.

“I was hoping that with the Transport Secretary himself being from this part of Wales, he would ensure that North Wales would be treated fairly this time around, but evidently not.

“In comparison to the measly amount local authorities in North Wales have been allocated, Swansea alone will receive 2,068,000, Cardiff 1,058,000 and Monmouthshire 864,000.

“People here are sick of hearing about investment in South and Mid Wales, while North Wales continues to miss out. It is an absolute disgrace that North Wales is treated so unfairly and it needs to change.”