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Debate on the National Transport Plan

Opposition parties claimed the National Transport Plan represented nothing new, however the Welsh government argued that it would tackle poverty and assist economic growth, according to the Welsh government.

Transport Minister Carl Sargeant led a debate on the its revised National Transport Plan, on 31 January 2012.

The Welsh government decided to update the initial five-year plan in light of a 40% cut to the infrastructure budget in the coming years.

Transport Minister Carl Sargeant AM said that making the transport system work better to help tackle poverty and assist economic growth is the key focus of the prioritised plan.

Mr Sargeant announced £13m in capital funding for small-scale projects across Wales which would enable instant maintenance work to be carried out on trunk and local roads, as well as other initiatives such as walking and cycling.

Opposition parties claimed the revised plan represented "nothing new".

Conservative AM Byron Davies drew attention to what was not in the plan, including any plans for the M4 further and improving access to Cardiff Airport.

The Tory AM raised concern that some areas of Wales had been "left and forgotten".

Mr Davies also stressed the need to commission a "far more strategic report alongside the UK government".

Plaid Cymru Economy Spokesperson Alun Ffred Jones raised concerns regarding the need for the Welsh government to find additional sources of capital given the reduction from the UK government over the Comprehensive Spending Review period.

Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Eluned Parrott also opposed the intention in the plan to "increase the capacity of the intra-Wales air service" beyond 2015 and will call on the Welsh government to develop a broader aviation strategy for Wales.

The motion as amended was agreed.

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