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‘North Wales far too often overlooked for expenditure on capital projects’- Aled Roberts AM

2013 Awst 22 9:54 AM

Commenting on a National Assembly for Wales committee's calls for the Welsh Government to strengthen the economic infrastructure of north Wales, Aled Roberts AM said:

"When you look at infrastructure announcements over the years, it is more than clear that North Wales does not receive its fair share of expenditure for capital projects. Despite making up over a fifth of Wales' population, our region is far too often overlooked.

"The First Minister has acknowledged that the re-doubling of the Wrexham to Saltney Junction railway line will aid economic development across the region. Yet, time and time we have seen delays.

"Only recently the Welsh Transport Minister cast further doubt about the future of this project by asking Network Rail to review its plans. For that reason, I believe the Committee is entirely right to seek clarity about the how much of a priority this project is for the Welsh Labour Government. At the moment, I'm not convinced it his high up the agenda at all.

"Over the past few weeks I've been seeking clarity over the project's future. It should be relatively easy for the Welsh Labour Government to confirm what its plans are, but all we are told is that we have to wait until Autumn. That isn't good enough."