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New ‘bold’ transport pledge from Welsh government

A ‘bold pledge’ to increase the number of people walking, cycling and using public transport sits at the heart of the Welsh Government’s new transport strategy. Announced on 19 March, the strategy aims to encourage people out of their cars, with a target for 45% of journeys to be by sustainable means across Wales by 2045, up from 32% currently.

Ken Skates, Welsh Government minister for transport, said: “This is a landmark moment and will help to fundamentally re-shape transport in Wales. “It will encourage new and greener infrastructure and change the way we make decisions about investment in transport right across the country.

“The climate emergency is very real and it means we must take urgent action to reduce the carbon footprint of the transport system in Wales.”

The strategy is supported by a £210 million investment in 2021/22 – including £75 million for active travel. Nearly £47 million is being made available immediately, helping local authorities develop routes that support walking and cycling. A further £6.4 million focuses specifically on school travel.

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