State of Roads in Wales
Economy, Infrastructure and Skills
Committee agreed to undertake an inquiry into the State of Roads in Wales.
inquiry focussed on:
- The condition and approach to maintenance of the local road, trunk road and motorway network;
- Delivery of enhancement projects on the local road, trunk road and motorway network; and
- How far the approaches taken to highway maintenance and improvement are sustainable.
Terms of reference
- The current condition of roads in Wales and whether the approach to funding and delivery of maintenance programmes for the local road, trunk road and motorway network in Wales is effective, managed so as to minimise disruption to road users, and provides value for money;
- Whether major enhancement projects on the local road, trunk road and motorway network are prioritised, funded, planned and delivered effectively, and provide value for money. Relevant issues include the implementation of the Early Contractor Involvement approach and the opportunities offered by the Welsh Government’s Mutual Investment Model; and
- Whether Wales is adopting a sustainable
approach to the maintenance and enhancement of its road network in the
context of key legislation such as the Well-being of Future Generations
(Wales) Act 2015 and the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013.
As well as a written consultation the
Committee also decided to hold a
The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills
Committee asked the public to capture on camera their depiction of the State of the Roads in Wales
The competition was open for submissions
from 7 June 2018 until 13 July 2018. All entries were judged by Committee
Members at the Committee’s meeting on 19 July 2018.
The winning image was taken by Anthony
Maybury from Wrexham and depicts a lorry passing by a large pothole on the A525
All photographs will be part of a public
exhibition and will be on display at the Senedd in Cardiff from 3 to 14
September 2018. The winner’s image will also feature on the cover of the
report. The winner and runners up will receive a print of their image and the
winner will be invited to the report launch.
Inquiry – What was it about?
The National Assembly’s Economy,
Infrastructure and Skills Committee looked at the current condition of Welsh
roads and whether the funding and maintenance models in place were providing
value for money and enough was being done to ensure they were fit for the
Recent media reports claimed it would take
24 years to clear the backlog of road repairs across the country.
The Committee also looked at the viability
and value for money of major construction projects like the M4 relief road
around Newport, the A465 duelling programme between Gilwern and Brynmawr, the
Caernarfon to Bontnewydd bypass, and the Newtown bypass. Costs for the relief
road have already risen beyond £1 billion, while a recent Welsh Government
announcement revealed the A465 is also projected to be over budget.
“Potholes and poorly maintained roads are a
frustration for all of us. As well as making your journey uncomfortable they
can seriously damage the Welsh economy and society as a whole,” said Russell
George AM, Chair of the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.
Business type: Committee Inquiry
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
First published: 26/03/2018
- Committee report PDF 1 MB
- Welsh Government response PDF 230 KB
- State of the roads: Photography competitions - Terms and Conditions (PDF 220KB) PDF 219 KB
- State of the roads: Photography competition - Privacy notice (PDF 173KB) PDF 173 KB
- Committee Inquiry: State of the Roads in Wales - October 2018 PDF 1 MB
- State of Roads in Wales (completed)