Welsh transport policy “at crucial crossroads”


As M4 decision looms,  new first minister will set direction of travel for next decade argues
Sustrans to outline policy priorities at Senedd reception on Tuesday 4th December 2018

Sustrans, the all-Wales charity that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle, will today (Tuesday 4th December) say that Welsh transport stands at a crucial crossroads and will encourage the next first minister to lead a new approach fit for future generations.

Speaking ahead of the event, Sustrans Cymru Director Steve Brooks said:

“Decisions taken by politicians in Cardiff Bay over the next few months will have a huge baring on the lives of everyone in Wales for the next decade.  We could reach the end of the road if Assembly Members reject the damaging M4 proposals, and there is a huge opportunity for the new first minister to strike a new path on transport.

“The government should go beyond just rejecting the M4 relief road, and go further by leading a revolution in how people travel”.

Outlining recommendations for the new first minister, Sustrans will call on the government to push forward on:

  • Increasing investment in local walking and cycling routes, improving safety and accessibility for pedestrians and people on bikes;
  • Supporting tourism and rural development by investing in the cross-Wales National Cycle Network;
  • Encourage more ‘softer’ measures like behaviour change schemes targeting young families, and expanding bike hire schemes;
  • Setting 20 MPH as the default speed limit in built-up areas;
  • Ensure changes to the planning system that help avoid car dependency, are enacted;
  • Creating ‘active travel and public transport hubs’ at all of Wales’ 247 railway stations.