Wales’s “creaking” road network needs attention, business leaders have insisted in the wake of the country’s draft budget.
The economy and transport department’s capital budget will fall by £116.5 million between this year and 2013/14.
The Institute of Directors acknowledged the Assembly Government faced a “difficult balancing act” following cuts imposed in Westminster.
But it warned of the risks of not restoring the UK’s financial stability, and said capital schemes and infrastructure projects should not be “radically diminished”.
The Assembly Government faces an overall capital budget cut of 40.6 per cent after inflation over the next three years.
The capital budget for improving and maintaining the trunk road network will fall from £75.4m this year to £32.8m in 2012/13.
IoD Wales director Robert Lloyd Griffiths said: “It’s vital that Welsh Assembly Government ministers now make wise spending decisions and do all in their power to preserve vital infrastructure investment. Key parts of our infrastructure are creaking, particularly the roads network.”