Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has called on the UK Government to increase infrastructure funding to Wales following the confirmation that HS2 is getting the go ahead.
It was announced last week that the delayed project would go ahead despite fears that the project will be significantly over budget.
During Treasury Questions last week, Chris tackled ministers on the lack of infrastructure funding in Wales, given the significant investment now set to be allocated to England.
Wales has 11 per cent of the total rail lines across England and Wales and 20 per cent of the level crossings. Despite this, only 2 per cent of the funding for key improvements has been sent across the Welsh border.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“With all this talk of better rail services in the North of England and bridges to Northern Ireland, it’s about time some of the Treasury’s spending splurge crossed the border into Wales. Greater spending on infrastructure is urgently needed in all parts of our United Kingdom but it’s high time UK Government ministers sent some of this investment our way.”
Chris, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rail in Wales, has been campaigning to secure the closure of the level crossing in Pencoed due to it being one of the most dangerous level crossings in Wales and a cause of significant traffic congestion in and around the Pencoed area.
Chris Elmore MP added:
“From the cancellation of rail electrification to Swansea, to the rail safety upgrades like the closure of Pencoed level crossing that haven’t yet gone ahead, UK Ministers are utterly failing to deliver for Wales.
“This is an issue I’ve campaigned on since I was first elected – and I’ll be sure to hold ministers’ feet to the fire on this until we get the investment our communities need and deserve.”