A55 improvements in Wales should be considered says Grant Shapps

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has also said he would work with a Welsh Labour Government on promised road and rail enhancements – if they retained power after May 6.

On a visit to North Wales this week, he said the area played a key part in the Governments Union Connectivity Review. Mr Shapps said the upgarde of the A55, with 20,000 electric vehicle charging points and improved rail links with Liverpool and Manchester airports, would be considered.

Speaking to Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, he said: “We’ll come forward with a report by next February which will look at if there can be an outline business case to upgrade it. The long and the short of it is we think there’s no reason why North Wales and the north-west (of England) shouldn’t deserve great links. If this was in the south-east or London I’m sure that road would have already been upgraded. We won’t turn our back on it as I think administrations have in Cardiff, and possibly in London, for far too long.”

He said a North Wales Metro, integrated with public transport would make it “easier for people to go to work, do business and socialise”.


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