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Powys Lib Dems delighted by Newtown Bypass Latest

April 4, 2013 10:08 AM

Liberal Democrat County Councillors Joy Jones and Gemma Bowker and Mid and West Wales AM William Powell have expressed their delight at the news that Welsh firm Alun Griffiths Contractors Ltd has been selected as the preferred contractor for the Newtown Bypass design and build project.

They have welcomed the announcement by the Welsh Government as an excellent step towards reducing the traffic problems that have dogged Montgomeryshire and realising a vital and eagerly-awaited piece of infrastructure. All three Lib Dems have attended meetings aimed at addressing the problems on Montgomeryshire's roads and ensuring the promised Newtown Bypass becomes a reality.

Cllr Joy Jones, who represents Newtown East ward, said: "This is excellent news. Newtown has been waiting many years to see a bypass built.

With the constant traffic congestion through the town, it will come as a great relief to many that the contractor has been named and that the bypass is on target to be built."

Cllr Gemma Bowker, County Councillor for Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn North, added: "I am really pleased that the preferred contractor has now been named and the process of designing, consultation and building the Newtown Bypass can begin. It is an essential artery to ensure that the heart of Wales can flourish and I am encouraged that the project appears to be on schedule to break ground at the end of 2014/start of 2015.

"I hope the selected company will ensure they use local businesses and individuals where possible to enhance the economic benefits this scheme offers the area."

William Powell AM commented: "The announcement that Alun Griffiths Ltd has emerged as preferred contractor for the scheme is excellent news. The company has a strong reputation for quality construction and genuine community engagement and this has been my experience of dealing with them on major projects elsewhere in Mid Wales in the past 10 years.''

''Now, however, we must commit ourselves to keep up the pressure on Welsh Government to deliver the next stages of the scheme. With Mrs Edwina Hart recently appointed as Welsh Minister for Transport in addition to her Business & Enterprise Portfolio, it is now clear that we have greater potential for an integrated approach to the economic challenges of Newtown and the wider Montgomeryshire. I look forward to working with colleagues to help realise that potential.''