The North Wales Transport Commission will be a year-long review which will develop recommendations for road, rail, bus, and active travel across the whole of North Wales. The Commission will be led by Lord Terry Burns, former Permanent Secretary of the UK Treasury.
The announcement follows recommendations from the Welsh Government’s Roads Review Panel and the Union Connectivity Review by Network Rail Chair, Sir Peter Hendy.
In addition to this, the Roads Review Panel is to cancel plans for the A55 Junction 14/15 and 16/16A improvements scheme, which Ministers have agreed. It has also now been agreed which further schemes the Panel will consider as part of their final report due this summer.
Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Climate Change said:
“If we are serious about facing up to the Climate Emergency, we have to be willing to do things differently, and critically to give people across north Wales genuine alternatives to using their cars for most journeys.”
“As well as looking at the A55 corridor, the North Wales Transport Commission will also look at how we can improve sustainable transport options in rural areas. This will need a shift of investment towards public transport and I’m very pleased Lord Burns has agreed to lead a panel of local experts to set out a detailed list of projects that will be needed to make this a reality.”