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Poor mobile signal on Welsh roads - 'bad for public safety... and bad for business'

2015 Tachwedd 30 12:30 PM

A study by the RAC Foundation has found that hundreds of miles of Welsh roads receive no mobile signal, with rural counties of Powys, Gwynedd and Ceredigion particularly badly affected.

William Powell, Welsh Lib Dem AM for Mid and West Wales commented:

'It speaks volumes for the lack of investment by mobile phone companies in our rural areas that three of the top ten local authorities with the greatest length of roads without mobile coverage are in Mid and West Wales.'

'Powys' 437 miles without mobile signal are clearly the worst on England and Wales. This is bad for public safety, inconvenient for residents and bad for business. I know there have been particular problems with EE - but all providers have a part to play in investing in infrastructure in our rural heartlands. '

'In this context, it is doubly worrying that Ambulance response times are stubbornly slow to improve. Even more concerning is the loss of the dedicated Dyfed-Powys Police Helicopter, where Powys threatens to be at the back of the queue again. '

'It is little wonder that, with painfully slow progress on Broadband, hundreds of miles of mobile not spots and the loss of key facilities, our rural communities sometimes feel besieged. These are areas where we need to see investment, if we are not to be left behind.'

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Notes

Further coverage of the story can be viewed here http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/hundreds-miles-welsh-roads-you-10520511