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Welsh Government sets out plans for major improvements including M4 relief road

The Welsh first minister has revealed an extensive road improvement masterplan as part of the government’s five-year plan for the country.

Carwyn Jones said transport was one of the government’s key priorities as he pledged to deliver major projects across the region.

These included an M4 relief road in south-east Wales as well as improvements to the A55 in north Wales, A40 in west Wales and other trunk roads.

The first minister also reaffirmed the Welsh Government’s commitment to develop a south Wales metro, which it pledged to build before the EU referendum, as well as advancing the development of a north Wales metro system.

The south Wales metro will improve transport networks around the Cardiff city region and the north Wales metro will be developed to link the region’s communities together.

Investment into developing and making improvements to new schools was also identified as a key priority.

Around £2bn will be invested into new and refurbished schools, community schools and colleges by 2024.

The Welsh Government also pledged to deliver an extra 20,000 homes and support the construction of more than 6,000 homes through the Help to Buy scheme.

Mr Jones said the next five years were “critical” following the UK’s looming withdrawal from the EU.

He said: “The Welsh Government’s relentless focus will be on driving improvement in our economy and public services, which are together the bedrock of people’s daily lives.

“I want to see a Wales that is prosperous and secure, healthy and active, ambitious and learning, united and connected.

“This is the Wales we are determined to build over the coming five years.”

A more detailed outline of plans will be announced soon.

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