Congestion on Motorways and Trunk Roads

Nov 14, 2017 | Articles, Assembly Issues | 0 comments

Plenary 14/11/2017

Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Spoken Contribution – 14:31:55
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6. What steps is the Welsh Government taking to alleviate the increasing congestion on motorways and trunk roads in South Wales Central? OAQ51297

Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones AM

Title: First Minister of Wales Party: Welsh Labour

Well, if we follow the advice of his former party leader, it’s reducing immigration that’s the key to doing this. But tackling congestion is a priority focus of the Wales transport strategy and the national transport finance plan. We’ll continue to work with Transport for Wales to advance our vision for delivering a transformational integrated transport system in Wales, providing high-quality, safe, affordable and sustainable transport for all.

Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Thanks for the latter part of the answer. I agree that integrated transport is crucial.

One aspect I wanted to touch on was lack of roadside information. Many motorists have observed that on major roads in England there is often better information available on digital road signs than here in Wales, for instance estimated travel times to particular junctions, which can warn motorists of imminent congestion. Would you agree that more digital information could be made available and can the Welsh Government help to provide this?

Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones AM

Title: First Minister of Wales Party: Welsh Labour

I’m aware of the signs that are seen in England, but I have to say they’re not accurate, often. I’ve timed myself when I’ve seen those signs and they’re—well, how can they be? Because they can’t provide for what’s ahead in the traffic, what might happen. Any number of things can interfere with the flow of traffic. That said, of course, we’ll continue to keep under review what further information might be made available for drivers in order for their journeys to be made easier.