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Welsh minister takes Metro case to Brussels

7 Dec 16 Wales’ first minister Carwyn Jones is in Brussels today in a bid to keep alive plans for a flagship £600m transport project.

First minister Carwyn Jones
First minister Carwyn Jones

The Welsh government has committed £369m to the South Wales Metro project over the next four years to achieve its vision for an integrated transport network for South Wales. It is banking on getting a further £110m from the European Commission, but with the UK’s impending departure from the European Union that money is now in doubt.

First minister Carwyn Jones is meeting with Commission officials to gain assurance that it will continue to support the project despite Brexit negotiations.

Mr Jones said: “The EU referendum result has undoubtedly raised concerns about the delivery of our major capital programmes which currently receive funding from Europe.

“I am in Brussels today to personally seek assurance from the European Commission that we can rely on their continued support for the Metro project in the months and years ahead. It is vital we keep up the momentum so we can secure approval before the UK leaves the EU.

“The Metro is far more than just a transport scheme – it is a catalyst for transforming the economic and social prospects of our country. This ambitious development links people and jobs across South Wales, with faster journey times and more frequent services.

“A huge amount of hard work has already taken place to make this a reality. Today is an opportunity to showcase our vision to the Commission and secure their ongoing support.”

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