A465 overspend could put other projects in doubt

A 23% overspend on works to upgrade the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road may have implications for other transport projects across South Wales, South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has warned.

 

In a Written Statement to AMs – Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates confirmed the news – admitting it would be “concerning” for local people.

 

Mr Davies – who has long campaigned for the Dinas Powys By-Pass – said the “mismanagement” of the project could cause “intolerable pressures” on the transport budget.

 

He pointed out local people would not put up with Welsh Government incompetence making them miss out on much needed road improvements – including the By-Pass and improvements between M4 Junction 34 and Sycamore Cross.

 

He also said that clarity must be provided to local businesses – many of whom have suffered considerable losses as a result of the uncertainty.

 

Mr Davies said, “I have long warned that the mismanagement of the Heads of the Valleys upgrade would have several consequences – not least increased pressures on the transport budget.

 

“Sadly – these have come to fruition – with a 23% overspend that the Cabinet Secretary himself has said will concern people.

 

“I fear that this could mean bad news for other projects that are desperately needed – such as the Dinas Powys By-Pass and improvements linking Junction 34.

 

“Businesses have already been affected by the confusion – and this cannot continue.

 

“The Welsh Government’s incompetence has seen this project hit by considerable delays – and it will be unacceptable if there are further knock on effects.”

 

ENDS

 

[Picture: South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies at Sycamore Cross]