Push to dual A40 back on political agenda
12:02pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
YOU can travel from the borders of Poland – more than 1,500km away - and not leave a dual carriageway until reaching St Clears said a local AM as he pushes improvements to Pembrokeshire’s road network back on the agenda.
Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies bought the issue of dualling the A40 to the floor of the Sendded once again last week when he questioned the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart.
Mr Davies asked Mrs Hart to seriously consider the case for dualling what is the main route into the county.
“Minister, you will be fully aware that I have been campaigning for many years for a commitment from your Government to dual the A40 in Pembrokeshire. I appreciate that we currently live in a difficult financial climate, but given that you can, on the road network, travel from the borders of Poland without leaving a dual carriageway until you get to St Clears, and given that this road is part of the trans-European network, will you as the Minister for transport seriously look at the possibility of levering in European moneys to dual this stretch of road?,” said Mr Davies in Cardiff on October 2.
The Minister indicated in her response that she was interested in the prospect of dualling the A40 in Pembrokeshire.
“Like you, I am very interested in the prospect of dualling the A40. When I had informal discussions with the city region board the other week, I indicated to it that it has to look at transport priorities of that nature to ensure that we have the appropriate links to the ports, and to Ireland,” said Mrs Hart.
Mr Davies said he was ‘delighted’ to highlight the case for dualling once again, adding it that it was not a party political matter.
He added: “Dualling the A40 would provide job opportunities and help attract inward investment to the area. Pembrokeshire is a thriving tourist hotspot, which attracts thousands of visitors every year and so to fully capitalise on what Pembrokeshire has to offer, there needs to be a strong transport network in place. Therefore, I look forward to hearing more from the Minister on this issue as it progresses in the future.”
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