Transport improvements needed to drive forward North Wales economy

Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones, has urged Edwina Hart, the Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport, to take onboard her recommendations to further stimulate the economy in North Wales through additional development of an integrated transport system.

Currently one in five people turn down job opportunities or interview due to lack of transport. It is estimated that up to 55,000 jobs could be created in the North Wales region over the next 20 years, if commuters had access to good quality transport.

Putting her views to Mrs Hart, Ann Jones has called for further integration and development of public transport across North East Wales, to link up the region with economic centres of North West England and the rest of North Wales. Mrs Jones has also called for improvements to be made to the A55, which is the life blood to the region’s economy.

Mrs Jones said: “It is vital for the North Wales economy that people from across the constituency can access employment opportunities in Bodelwyddan and St Asaph and further afield opportunities in Wrexham or Deeside. This will be accomplished through both an efficient public transport system and on a less congested A55.

“A multi-faceted approach is needed, improvements of both public and road transport to continue to grow the economy of North Wales.

“I have always said the improvement to the A55 is urgently needed, as many businesses in North Wales have said the congestion of this road is making significant impact on their businesses and growth prospects.”