The Welsh Government has unveiled a massive investment in building infrastructure and homes.
Finance minister Jane Hutt said the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan marked “a clear demonstration that this is a government committed to jobs and growth”.
The plan allows for £260m to be invested over 2013-15. Its seven priorities are:
* improving the transport network
* improving telecommunications networks
* developing the energy industry
* investing in housing
* more efficient public services
* improving school buildings
* developing enterprise zones.
Projects identified for extra money include an extra £2.7m for M4 junction improvements, appointing contractors to work on the A483 in Newtown, improvements to the Heads of the Valleys Road from Gilwern to Tredegar, and improvements to the A477 and A4226.
Ms Hutt also allocated a further £4m to flood defence work at Colwyn Bay, Talgarth, Gilfach (Kerry) and Borth.
And there will be £6.8m to accelerate hospital projects at Glan Clwyd and Llandough, and £3.5m for essential infrastructure work for the Northern Gateway site in the Deeside Enterprise Zone.
Ms Hutt said the Welsh Government would seek an extra 7,500 affordable homes by 2015 with capital investment of £156m for this sector.
She said the full plan for the first time outlined a pipeline of projects as “we want to give our partners the confidence to plan ahead and profile the long term delivery of our infrastructure”.