Welsh Secretary sees £13m ‘levelling up’ project in north Wales

Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart visited sites in north east Wales which are receiving £13.3m in UK Government funding to boost tourism.

The Welsh Secretary joined Clwyd South MP Simon Baynes and Wrexham Council to see how the money, allocated as part of the UK Government’s new Levelling Up Fund, will transform connectivity, public spaces and services in the area.

A total of £13.3m was granted to the project in October’s Autumn Budget – part of the first round of successful bids for the £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund which invests in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centre and high streets, upgrading local transport, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.

The Trevor Basin Technical Masterplan will see investment in a new arrival area, rewilding former industrial land, setting up a woodland activity and education area and creating a new Dee Valley walking route in the area around the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage site.

Connectivity improvements in the area include a new public space at the junction of Castle Street and Abbey Road in Llangollen, improving links between Llangollen and the Wenffrwd Nature Reserve through a walking/cycling route along a disused railway line and new visitor facilities at Llantysilio Green/Horseshoe Falls.

Improvements to Corwen Station and car park including electric vehicle charging points and the creation of a walking/cycling route along the disused railway line between Corwen and Cynwyd.

Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said: “The UK Government is completely focused on levelling up our communities, improving infrastructure and connectivity and creating opportunity for people right across Wales. It was fantastic to see the ambitious plans for the Dee Valley and surrounding area and learn how the major injection of funding we are providing will unlock the potential of all our local areas. We are aiming to provide investment where it’s needed and where it can make a real difference to people’s lives.”