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Newtown done, Llanymynech next?

Created on 13/02/2020 @ 11:02
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One year on from the opening of Newtown bypass, local politicians have turned their attentions elsewhere following a promise from Boris Johnson during his election campaign.

The long-awaited Newtown road has proved hugely popular with motorists, and came 70 years after it was originally mooted in the 1940s.

So, local politicians now have the bit between their teeth to push for another crucial bypass that has also been stuck for decades in the pipeline.

Montgomeryshire Assembly Member Russell George was one of those campaigning for the Newtown bypass and in 2011 amassed 10,000 signatures in a petition which was handed in to the National Assembly for Wales.

He has now joined with newly elected MP Craig Williams in calling for the promised work to be delivered.

“People from Newtown and across Mid Wales have applauded the way in which the bypass has had a positive impact on Newtown and the wider area, not only in easing the congestion issues which plagued the town, but in stimulating the Mid Wales economy and contributing to traffic improvements in and around the town,” said Mr George AM.

“There has been widespread support for the bypass from the local community and there is already anecdotal evidence that it has begun to have a role in transforming the economies of not only Newtown but our other major towns such as Llanidloes and Machynlleth.

“I am aware of businesses who are preparing expansion plans as a result of the bypass and while there have been isolated teething problems and a few safety concerns which have been brought to my attention over the last year, there has been almost universal support for a project which took 70 years to become a reality.”

Mr Williams MP added: “The Newtown bypass has made a significant improvement to the Mid Wales economy, and I believe we now have to turn our attention to other infrastructure projects such as the Pant-Llanymynech Bypass. I welcome the commitment by the UK Government that they will deliver a Pant-Llanymynech Bypass and an ambitious Growth Deal to improve transport networks and boost economic growth across the Welsh border.”

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