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Welsh Govt spending plans

The Welsh Government has outlined £600m of funding for infrastructure projects, which it says will create 11,000 jobs. £62m will be spent on a metro service for South East Wales. The announcement comes after the Draft Budget was published yesterday.

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Metro plan aims to connect Cardiff, Newport & Valleys

£175.5m of the Welsh Government's infrastructure investment will go towards transport and flood defences.

It includes £62m for Phase 1 of a new scheme to create a South East Wales metro system through better bus and rail links.

The system could be similar to the Metrolink, which connects the wider Manchester region. Credit: PA

The metro scheme aims to connect Cardiff, Newport and the Valleys as part of a wider city region.

The Welsh Government says it will commence this year.

£3.5m funding is allocated for 2013-14, with £28.7m for 2014-15, and £29.8m for 2015-16.

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