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Support for Welsh rural economy essential

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has called for support for the Welsh rural economy as land prices look set to fall during Brexit negotiations.

Demand for commercial farmland in Wales fell in the second half of last year.

The market remains challenging and there are regional variations. However, the overall picture, whilst uncertain, is perhaps better than in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, and the constrained supply will help minimise price falls.

But it is essential that measures are put in place to support the development of the Welsh rural economy post-Brexit

– Richard Corbett, RICS Rural Spokesman in Wales


Flooding closes road in Ceredigion

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The A44 is closed in both directions because of flooding between the A4159 (Lovesgrove Roundabout, Capel Dewi) and the A487 Penglais Road (Aberystwyth).

The M48 Severn Bridge has been closed Eastbound because of strong winds. One lane is closed Westbound and it is closed to high sided vehicles.

Elsewhere the Cleddau Bridge is closed to motorcycles and high sided vehicles because of strong winds.

The A55 Britannia Bridge is also closed to all vehicles.

Some Irish Ferries and Stenaline services between Holyhead and Dublin are delayed or cancelled. You can check here and here.

Arriva Trains Wales says storm Doris means reduced speed on the following services:

  • Holyhead - Llandudno Junction (via Bangor)
  • Aberystwyth - Caersws (via Machynlleth)
  • Pwllheli - Machynlleth
  • Fishguard Harbour / Milford Haven / Pembroke Dock - Llanelli (via Carmarthen)


Shaun Edwards delivers analysis of Wales' 'mistake' against England

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Shaun Edwards has delivered a detailed analysis of the Wales "mistake" that potentially cost them victory over reigning RBS 6 Nations champions England.

Wales were undone in Cardiff 11 days ago by wing Elliot Daly's 75th-minute try as England extended their winning run under head coach Eddie Jones to 16 Tests.

Daly's counter-attack score meant that England overcame a two-point deficit entering the closing stages of a pulsating Principality Stadium clash.

But it could have been a different story had Wales not got the so-called exit strategy wrong close to their own line.

What happened was that we broke off structure.From any unstructured turnover, where the backs turn the ball over, we are supposed to go two rucks (in order) to get our backs back up on their feet to fill the pitch.

We didn't do that. We passed it back to the kicker after one ruck, which was a mistake. It should have been two rucks.

I don't think (centre) Jonathan (Davies) expected the ball because he expected a two-ruck exit play. That is probably one of the reasons why his kick wasn't as accurate as normal.

But everyone makes mistakes. If one of us makes a mistake, we all make a mistake together.

– Shaun Edwards, Wales defence coach
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