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Major road and rights-of-way project to get underway with £17.7m

Created on 21/11/2023 @ 12:03
A large-scale highway resurfacing programme is among some of the projects to benefit from a £17.7 million Levelling Up Fund announced for the area by the UK government.

The funding followed a bid focussing on transport investment in the county to support the recreational tourism industry.

Projects near Newtown will benefit.

Craig Williams and Russell George, MP and MS for Montgomeryshire welcomed the news.

The third round of the bid was drawn on the pool of bids from round two. This announcement builds on the £16 million award Montgomeryshire received in the first round of the Levelling Up Fund for the restoration of the Montgomery Canal.

The bid focuses on transport investment in the county to support the recreational tourism industry as well as the wider economy in Mid Wales.

There will be refurbishments to bridges across the county as well as a large scale highway resurfacing programme. Some of these projects include the footbridges at Berriew, Caersws, Garthmyl and Llangadfan, resurfacing at locations across the county, especially tourist hot spots such as Lake Vyrnwy and Llanrhaedr.

Commenting on the news, Craig Williams MP said: “This is another huge investment from UK Conservative Government into Montgomeryshire. Working together we have again been successful in securing Levelling Up Fund investment to the tune of 17 million pounds.

"This will go towards key local infrastructure improvements right across the county. This will be hugely important in supporting Montgomeryshire’s economy, growth and tourism. I will be working alongside Russell George MS to ensure deliverability and value for money.”

Russell George MS said: “Historically Montgomeryshire and Powys missed out on huge investments like today’s announcement by the UK Government of a further £17 million from the Levelling Up Fund.

"Working alongside Craig Williams MP, I am delighted that tens of millions pounds of investment into our area over the last three years has been secured. This money will provide much needed investment to enable significant projects to move forward, which will strengthen our tourism offer, and make Mid Wales an attractive place to visit."

The £17,714,498 fund will be spent delivering three coherent projects within the county, which together will boost recreational tourism and contribute to local economic growth:


  • Active travel - will provide improved access between key towns and the surrounding tourist destinations, making it easier for visitors to explore Powys using active modes and improve accessibility to key locations for residents.
  • Rights of Way refurbishment - will enable and improve visitors’ accessibility to Powys’ diverse and valued Rights of Way network.
  • Resurfacing - will improve access to tourist hotspots and support the National Cycle Network, facilitating better journey quality for residents and visitors.

“We are delighted to receive confirmation that our bid for Levelling Up Funding has been successful," Said Cllr James Gibson-Watt, Leader of Powys County Council.


“This investment will allow us to make the improvements needed to collectively improve accessibility to key services, encourage active travel modes to reduce transport poverty, support recreational activities in the area, provide better journey quality and improve connectivity to tourist hotspots.”