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Transport Connectivity

Volume 676: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2020

3. What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on connectivity (a) within Wales and (b) cross-border. (902988)

We have regular discussions with Ministers in the Department for Transport across a wide range of issues, including connectivity within Wales and cross-border, such as our support for the Pant-Llanymynech bypass and the restoration of the Barmouth viaduct, and obviously we have offered the funding for an M4 relief road. I very much hope that the Welsh Government will choose to prioritise these schemes.

I welcome that answer, but I have had lots of correspondence from constituents concerned about people travelling to second and holiday homes. What is my hon. Friend’s assessment of what can be done about this in Wales?

My hon. Friend raises an important point. The leisure and tourism industry has been hugely affected by covid-19, but now is not the time for people to travel to Wales for a holiday or to a second home. Of course, when this crisis is over, we want to roll out the red and green carpet for visitors from throughout the United Kingdom to come and enjoy everything that Wales has to offer. I look forward to welcoming my hon. Friend.