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Transport for Wales to be asked to explore development of transport links between north and south

Transport for Wales (Image: Gwalia)

Transport for Wales will be asked to explore the development of transport links between the north and the south, as part of a deal agreed between Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru, according to documents seen by BBC Wales.

Over the weekend, Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru's executive committees approved a co-operation agreement between the two parties at the Senedd.

The parties had entered discussions in September—after Welsh Labour won a total of 30 seats at the Senedd elections in May—leaving them just shy of a majority.

According to Darren Williams, a member of Labour's executive committee, policies in the agreement include:

  • Moves to establish rent controls

  • The extension of free school meals to all primary school pupils

  • Childcare for all two-year-olds

  • The creation of a National Care Service

  • Limits on second home ownership

  • A replacement for council tax

  • The creation of a publicly-owned construction company and an energy company

  • Changes to the Senedd’s size and electoral system, including a statutory guarantee of gender balance

  • Measures to promote the Welsh language

BBC Wales has reported that the deal also includes a commitment to "explore the creation of a shadow Broadcasting and Communications Authority for Wales, to address our concerns about the current fragility in the media and attacks on its independence".

It has been told that "This body would support the use of the Welsh language, particularly in digital and encourage media plurality.

The co-operation agreement is set to last for "the coming three years".

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