As one major road improvement opens, Mr Jones will also confirm that this important project is to be extended to Llanddewi Velfrey, allowing further improvements for the region.
The Minister is to unveil a plaque to mark the recent completion of the A40 Penblewin to Slebech Park Improvement scheme, near Narberth in Pembrokeshire – in a ceremony to be attended by a children’s choir drawn from two local primary schools, Narberth Community Primary School and St Aidans Voluntary Aided School, Wiston.
Mr Jones will also announce the second part to this scheme, between Penblewin to Llanddewi Velfrey. The project will provide better overtaking opportunities to improve journey time reliability and road safety.
Mr Jones will say,
“I am delighted to welcome this scheme, which will improve safety and journey time reliability along the A40 – one of the primary road links between mainland Europe and Ireland.
“There’s been talk of improving this particular stretch for decades – as far back as 1990 the old Welsh Office commissioned consultants to investigate the options.
"In this era of austerity I am pleased that our management of European funding has made it possible to use the European Regional Development Fund resources to enable construction – around half the overall cost.
“Completion of this scheme marks a further improvement of our transport infrastructure, in line with the One Wales programme of government – and it liberates the centre of Robeston Wathen from the effects of heavy trunk road traffic, improving safety and quality of life for the local community.
“Despite the pressures on our budget, we want to press ahead with vital investments like this as fast as possible. That is why I am also delighted to be able to announce today the extension of this scheme between Penblewin to Llanddewi Velfrey. This will further improve this important road.”
The Penblewin to Slebech Park Improvement scheme that is being opened provides improved overtaking opportunities using a ‘2+1’ road layout which will improve journey time reliability and road safety – the first time for this design to be introduced in Wales.
The design and construction work, undertaken by the Costain team, using the early contractor involvement form of contract, has delivered the scheme on time and to budget, using sustainable construction and good practice to ensure minimal environmental impact.
Mr Jones says that he was pleased that excellent communication had been maintained with the local community throughout the construction phase. The operation of an ‘open door’ policy and effective public liaison has been recognised by a number of awards, including an Award for ‘Project of the Year 2010’ by the Association for Project Safety.