Over £243,000 is set to be invested into making further improvements at Wrexham’s bus station over the next 12 months.
The money comes as part of a wider pot of funding secured by Wrexham Council, with almost £750,000 awarded to the local authority for improvement schemes to travel and road safety projects over the next 12 months.
Wrexham Council, along with neighbouring authorities Flintshire and Denbighshire, have been awarded a share of £2.2 million of Welsh Government funding for programmes aiming to improve safety, reduce congestion, create economic growth and promote active travel.
Local authorities were invited to submit applications for their priority schemes, with funding announcements made yesterday.
In Wrexham the funding will be spent on a number of projects, including over £200,000 on developing ‘Active Travel Routes’ for walking and cycling across the county borough.
Wrexham Bus Station is to benefit from an additional £243,500, which Wrexham Council say will be spent on improving the area for visitors to and from Wrexham town.
Already a series of works have been undertaken at the station, including painting, the installation of pigeon proof netting and the relaunch of the information centre.
Other projects to improve road safety in and around schools and other road safety schemes have also been given the green light and over £158,000 will be spent on 20mph routes at St Peter’s school in Rossett and the Cefn Mawr area.
Other road safety schemes include £27,000 on improving the A539 Cumbers Hill – Lion Lane Junction, Penley, with new signage, road markings, anti-skid surfacing and carriageway improvements.
A Pass Plus Cymru scheme, child pedestrian training, older driver development scheme, bike safe and national standards cycle training have also received funding.
Cllr David A Bithell, lead member for environment and transport, said: “This is very good news and I would like to thank everyone involved in securing this funding to make road safety and travel improvements across the Wrexham area.”
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates said: “The grants are a substantial investment to support local economic growth, improve road safety, enhance public transport facilities and provide more and better routes that enable people in Wales to walk and cycle and to do so safely.
“I commend the range of schemes I’ve been able to announce, and the high quality of applications we received across these grants.”