Inquiry into value for money of Motorway and Trunk Road Investment - The Fourth Assembly

The Public Accounts Committee undertook an inquiry into the value for money of motorway and trunk road investment. This inquiry was generated by the Committee to consider value for money in:

  • day to day trunk road maintenance and improvement; and
  • the delivery of major trunk road improvements.


As part of the inquiry the Committee considered:

  • whether the Welsh Government’s approach to delivery of major trunk road projects provides value for money including:
    • the effectiveness of Welsh Government planning and costing of schemes
    • the approach to project delivery and evaluation of projects; and
    • how the Welsh Government could improve its approach to planning and delivery of schemes.
  • the extent to which the current approach to routine maintenance and improvement of the network via Trunk Road Agents has delivered value for money; and
  • how the maintenance and improvement functions delivered by the Trunk Road Agents can be improved, in the context of the on-going Welsh Government review of these agents.


The Committee recommended in its Legacy Report, that its successor Committee seeks an update from the Welsh Government in autumn 2016 on the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations and liaises with the successor to the Enterprise and Business Committee over any plans for further scrutiny of this topic.



Passage of the inquiry


The following table sets out the dates and contents of each of the evidence-gathering sessions during the inquiry.


Evidence Session

Date, Agenda and Minutes



1.   Road Users

3 March 2015

Read transcript of Evidence Session 1

Watch Evidence Session 1 on Senedd TV

2. Civil Engineers and Highway Professional Bodies

17 March 2015

Read transcript of Evidence Session 2

Watch Evidence Session 2 on Senedd TV

3. Academic Experts

17 March 2015

Read transcript of Evidence Session 3

Watch Evidence Session 3 on Senedd TV

4. Trunk Road Agents

24 March 2015

Read transcript of Evidence Session 4

Watch Evidence Session 4 on Senedd TV

5. Welsh Government

21 April 2015

Read transcript of Evidence Session 5

Watch Evidence Session 5 on Senedd TV



Evidence from the Public


The Committee held a public consultation to gather evidence on this topic.

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 14/01/2015





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