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£1.4 million windfall from Welsh Government to help Wrexham Council fix potholes

Over £1.4 million is to be invested into making improvements to the state of Wrexham’s roads.

Earlier this month Wrexham.com reported that councils across Wales were to receive a share of £30 million to help improve the state of roads in their areas.

The funding, which was committed by Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services, Alun Davies, is described as a one-off investment that will be based on an established highway allocation formula.

It was originally announced as part of the final Budget 2018-19, which set out a series of new revenue allocations for Wales as a result of funding consequentials received from the UK Autumn Budget.

Last Friday it was confirmed that almost £4 million would be used to improve the state of roads across North Wales Wales.

Wrexham will see a share of £1.4 million of the windfall, which according to Welsh Government statistics has the worst roads in North Wales – a decline from earlier last year when Wrexham’s roads were just the third worst in Wales.

Neighbouring counties will also receive a share of the funding, including £1,204,380 for Denbighshire and £1,427,133 for Flintshire.

Overall an extra £7.9 million will be spent improving roads across North Wales.

The investment has been welcomed by Clwyd South AM Ken Skates, whose constituency includes Wrexham and Denbighshire.

Mr Skates cited tight budgets due to ‘more than £1.4bn snatched from Wales by Westminster since 2010’,, adding: “Within that context, I’m delighted that the Welsh Labour Government has secured this significant investment in North East Wales to help fix our roads.

“The winter has been very damaging for our road network and it’s important that it’s rectified quickly.”

Mr Skates also welcomed ‘rapidly progressing’ plans to tackle congestion on the A483 and at Halton Roundabout near Chirk. Both will be addressed within three years.

The latest tranche of Welsh Government funding for roads will be administered by local councils.


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