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Praise for Newtown bypass as work presses ahead

By Jonny Drury | Newtown | Transport | Published:

A politician has gone behind the scenes on the new £92 million Newtown bypass which is half way through construction.

Joyce Watson AM is shown the building work taking place on the Newtown bypass

Mid and West Wales AM Joyce Watson paid a visit to ground workers and site managers this week to see how work was progressing.

Mrs Watson, who chairs the assembly’s all-party group on construction and sits on the economy, infrastructure and skills committee, spoke to contractors and trainees about the build.

Joyce and her team meet with the workers

She said: “Despite the inevitable traffic disruption, the bypass is already delivering significant benefits.

"Of the 250 workers on the ground at peak times, nearly three-quarters are from Wales, a third from Newtown and the surrounding area.

“I was especially pleased to meet some of the young people who are gaining fantastic work experience through the project.

Newtown Bypass Year 1 Westbound Fly Through

"Thanks to Welsh Government investment in Newtown bypass and other major infrastructure projects like Wylfa Newydd and the M4 relief road, the Welsh construction is set to grow almost four times faster than the UK average – so it is a very exciting time for them to be embarking of their careers.”

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Mrs Watson also admitted she was impressed by some of the statistics involved in the project.

Newtown Bypass Year 1 Eastbound Drive Through

She added: "On the ground, the scale of the build is staggering.

"Two-and-a-half million tonnes of earth is being dug up and moved around – enough to fill the Principality Stadium. And around 80,000 plants will be planted to soften the bypass’s visual impact."

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The road is scheduled to open next year

Following the visit last week she then attended the launch of the £3.3 million Elan link scheme, a programme top support tourism, heritage and nature preservation in the Elan Valley.

Jonny Drury

By Jonny Drury
@JonnyDrury_Star

Senior reporter covering Oswestry and Mid Wales.

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