Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today (Friday 26th November) committed to forging and strengthening transport bonds that will create a more cohesive and connected United Kingdom.
As the UK Government publishes Sir Peter Hendy’s final report of the Union Connectivity Review, the Prime Minister has underlined the importance of better connections – on both local and national transport networks – to bring all UK communities within closer reach of social and economic opportunities.
The Prime Minister has particularly welcomed, and intends to accept, the proposal for the creation of UKNET – a strategic transport network spanning the entire United Kingdom.
“The Wales-England border is porous with rail and road links which we must strengthen if we are to truly level up the UK– enhancing the connectivity of Welsh towns and cities and bringing communities closer together.
“We will now reflect on Sir Peter Hendy’s review, and through close working with the Welsh Government, boost key transport connections that will deliver for the people and businesses of Wales and more evenly distribute opportunity and prosperity.”
Welcoming the Prime Minister’s commitment, Vale of Clwyd MP Dr James Davies, who has long been calling for improved rail links between North Wales and Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington and Crewe, said:
“I very much welcome the UK Government commitment to ensuring that transport links in this region better serve everyone who needs them.”
"Sir Peter Hendy’s proposals for Wales include the UK Government working with the Welsh Government to review the routes connecting North Wales to the North West of England, which is a key link for both communities and businesses. He suggests that a package of improvements focused on this route should focus on better connectivity with HS2 and major electrification schemes, upgrades to the A55, the M53, M56, and improving onward travel to and from the island of Ireland, in a major boost for Union connectivity.
Welsh Secretary Simon Hart said:
“Improving road, rail and other transport infrastructure so it is fit for the future is crucial to economic growth across Wales. Thousands of people travel between Wales and England every day so it is vital that we better connect our communities and increase opportunities for businesses and travellers.
“Speeding up rail services, upgrading roads and boosting connectivity all form part of our plans to level up communities, strengthen the United Kingdom and promote the creation of new jobs in every part of Wales and the UK.”