- December 12, 2018
- Posted by: Lesley Griffiths AM
- Category: Latest News
The Welsh Government has allocated £120m to a deal aimed at creating almost 5,500 jobs across North Wales.
By matching the UK Government’s financial contribution outlined in the Autumn Budget, it means the overall total currently assigned for the North Wales Growth Deal stands at £240m.
However, the Welsh Government will urge the UK Government to go further and meet the deal’s original aspirations.
Wrexham’s Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths has praised the latest Welsh Government announcement which goes above and beyond existing commitments in North Wales.
She said: “The Welsh Labour Government is working in partnership with a number of agencies on both sides of the border and believes there is huge potential to deliver economic growth across North Wales.”
“It’s important the Welsh Government continues to press the UK Government for additional funding and I am pleased the Welsh Government has already announced it will match fund further investment should it be granted by Westminster.”
In addition to the North Wales Growth Deal, over the coming years the Welsh Government will invest over £600m helping improve transport infrastructure across the region.
In Wrexham, significant improvements are earmarked for various points of the A483. Proposals to create an ‘integrated transport hub’ at Wrexham General Station are being taken forward as part of a wider Mold Road development study. This is in addition to the £10m committed by Welsh Government that will ultimately help enable more trains to travel via Wrexham and the surrounding area.
Funding has also been provided to Wrexham Council for improvements to Wrexham Bus Station. In addition, the Local Authority has been granted over £600,000 to support local transport projects and promote active travel.
Transport for Wales, the new body tasked with running Wales’ transport network, intends to establish a business unit in Wrexham and further announcements are expected in the New Year.
Lesley Griffiths AM added: “Substantial developments are taking place in and around Wrexham thanks to the Welsh Labour Government and I will continue to press for further investment in the town.”