Government 'incapable' of delivering infrastructure projects in Wales, says Labour

Wylfa Newydd Credit: Horizon/Artist impression

The Government has been accused of being "incapable of delivering large infrastructure projects in Wales" after suspending plans for a new nuclear power station in Anglesey.

The comments came from Shadow Welsh Minister, Chris Ruane MP, who called the abandonment of the Wylfa Newydd plant in North Wales "the cancellation of cancellations".

The £20bn nuclear power station was expected to secure thousands of future jobs for the island. It's still unclear if the project can be revived.

But this latest fallout comes amid a number of other failed infrastructure projects.

  • Severn Barrage

  • Celtic Array wind farms off North Wales

  • Electrification of Cardiff-Swansea rail line

  • Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

Chris Ruane said, "Since 2013 we've seen the cancellation of the Atlantic Array wind turbines off the coast of South Wales, the cancellation of the Celtic Array wind farms off North Wales."

"The cancellation of the Cardiff-Swansea rail line in 2018, the cancellation of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon in 2018.

"And to cap it all, the cancellation of cancellations, the cancellation of the Wylfa last week, a £16 billion investment that will have transformed the economy of North Wales."

At Welsh Questions in the Commons, Mr Ruane asked the Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns to establish an inquiry, to "uncover why this Conservative Government are incapable of delivering large infrastructure projects in Wales".

Responding, Wales minister Nigel Adams said: "What Mr Ruane seems to miss is the fact that these are commercial decisions that these projects are being put on hold."

And he said the Conservative Government was "absolutely committed to creating a broad-based resilient economy" in Wales. He added the Government had committed to spend £120 million into the "North Wales growth fund".