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£8m bid to secure iconic bridge

The bridge in 1968. Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

Newport City Council is backing a bid to secure the future of the city’s iconic Transporter Bridge. The council plans to bid for £8m of Heritage Lottery funding to fund a long term programme of improvements, maintenance and repairs.

It says the friends of Newport Transporter Bridge are backing the council’s plans and have been involved in discussions on how the project can progress.

The funding is needed to carry out essential on-going repairs to the bridge, improve the gondola which dates back to 1906, and to create a bigger and better visitor centre which will include improved visitor facilities at the site.

We have agreed to apply for this funding to help us improve the visitor experience around the Transporter Bridge and are hoping to involve the local community in helping us secure funds so the bridge will be here for future generations to enjoy. We have this iconic structure on our doorstep and many of us take it for granted but we need to get on with this programme of regeneration and expansion. We have had talks with the Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge who are keen to back us in our bid.

– Councillor Debbie Harvey, Newport Council

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'Continued investment' needed to improve Wales' mobile connectivity

Continued investment is needed to improve mobile connectivity in Wales, according to the Welsh Conservatives.

Ofcom has found 12% of the country’s land mass receives no mobile signal at all and a half of all homes cannot get enough signal to access the internet.

It is unacceptable that in many parts of Wales you still can’t enough mobile signal to make a phone call.

Improved mobile coverage is essential for the Welsh economy, particularly in rural Wales. Yet almost half of all homes can’t get good enough signal to access the internet, which is having a huge impact on businesses.

We need to see continued investment in Wales’ mobile infrastructure, because improved coverage will help to deliver jobs and economic security.

– Russell George AM, Shadow Economy Secretary

A summit was held earlier this year to address some of the issues facing mobile phone coverage here and was top of the agenda at the Royal Welsh Show in July.

Network operators came together to discuss poor signal in Wales, particularly in rural areas.

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