Glyn Davies, Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire, has raised the need in Parliament for cross-border co-operation between Westminster and Welsh Governments in developing schemes for a new bypass at Llanymynech.
During yesterday’s questions on Transport within the House of Commons, Glyn Davies MP asked the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, whether he will join the Welsh Government in developing a scheme for a new bypass at Llanymynech. Mr McLoughlin issued a positive response in confirming that the matter will be discussed with Welsh Government officials to assess their priorities.
The full exchange within the House was as follows:
Glyn Davies MP: In my constituency and that of my right hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Owen Paterson MP), there has been a decades-long campaign for a new bypass at Llanymynech, which lies between the two constituencies. Will the Minister join the Welsh Government in developing a scheme for that purpose?
Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising this issue. Such a scheme has been identified in the draft national transport plan for Wales as contributing to access to services. We will discuss the matter further with Welsh Government officials to assess their priorities, but no one could have campaigned harder for it to be examined than my hon. Friend.
Commenting further, Glyn Davies MP said:
“Mid Wales depends on good road and rail links to England. We need tourists to be able to travel in to spend, and goods to be transferred out to the markets. There is a real need for a new road bypassing Llanymynech/Pant on the A483.
“For decades there has been a long campaign locally for a new Llanymynech Bypass. It should have been built many years ago. I have promised the campaign group, and the people of Llanymynech, that I will support their campaign however I can.
“I was greatly encouraged by the response of the Secretary of State for Transport in the House of Commons. A new Llanymynech Bypass can only go ahead if the UK and Welsh Governments work together on this crucial cross-border scheme. I greatly welcome the commitment to this vital co-operation”.