Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters has revealed a freeze on new road construction projects, while a review of projects is carried out across Wales.
The freeze on new road construction projects across Wales will take place while a review of motorway projects is carried out.
The full terms of reference for the review will be published in due course. However, the review should look at how Wales can shift spending towards better maintenance of existing roads, rather than building new ones, and look at all proposed road investments, whether funded directly by the government Welsh or indirectly through grants.
The composition of the external panel that will conduct the review will be announced at a later date. The panel will be asked to consider defining tests to determine when new roads are the right solutions to transport problems, according to Llwybr Newydd, the recently published Wales Transport Strategy.
“Move away from projects that encourage people to drive”
Lee Waters said: “Since 1990 Welsh emissions have fallen by 31%. But to meet our statutory goal of net zero emissions by 2050, we need to do a lot more.
“Over the next 10 years, we will need to more than double all the reductions we have managed over the past 30 years if we are to keep temperature increases within safe limits. It means changes in all parts of our life. Transport accounts for around 17% of our total emissions and must therefore play its part.
“We need to stop spending money on projects that encourage more people to drive and spend more money on maintaining our roads and investing in real alternatives that give people meaningful choice. “