Nearly £1.7 million of taxpayer cash has been wasted on a road project which has now been axed by the Labour Government.
Labour ministers announced they wouldn’t be pressing ahead with plans to build the much-needed Llanbedr access road – a move which has caused uproar in the area, although some villagers did not want the road.
Now it has been revealed the Labour administration had already spent nearly £1.7 million of the Welsh public’s hard-earned money on the defunct scheme.
Not only would the road have alleviated traffic problems in Llanbedr, but it would’ve also helped the environment and air quality by slashing the number of cars stuck in traffic with engines running.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Transport, Natasha Asghar MS, said, “Motorists were hoping this road would be the answer to their prayers and end traffic jams and long commutes in the area, but sadly Labour ministers have decided to let them carry on suffering.
“I find it astounding and appalling that this huge amount of taxpayer cash has been poured down the drain and there is absolutely nothing to show for it in North Wales.
“It is a double blow for residents and commuters as not only are they not getting a solution to traffic problems in Llanbedr, but now they learn their money has been well and truly wasted.
“Labour ministers must stop using the environment as a shield to shirk off their responsibility to the issues road users are facing and give us clear plans about what they now intend to do as keeping the public in the dark achieves nothing.”
Welsh Government has put on hold all road schemes while a special working group looks at their impact and if alternative travel schemes are possible. Last week there was concern that the main road from Haverfordwest to St Davids could be submerged in rising sea levels and an alternative road is needed at Newgale, but this is also on hold.