PRIME Minster Rishi Sunak has told the House of Commons that a long-awaited bypass on the Powys-Shropshire border will be in its next round of investments in the UK's roads.

Mr Sunak scrapped plans to extend the HS2 to Manchester, at the beginning of the month, and highlighted the alternative spending programmes that could be brought forward as a result.

During today's Prime Minister's Questions, Wednesday October 25, Simon Baynes, MP for Clwyd South and the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for North Shropshire, brought up the subject of transportation initiatives in the regions along the Welsh border and in North Shropshire.


He asked if the Prime Minister would commit to the realisation of the Pant/Llanymynech Bypass and the expansion of the A5/A483 in both Clwyd South and North Shropshire.

Speaking at PMQs, Mr Baynes said: “The Prime Minister has been a great champion of transport projects on the Welsh borders, such as the electrification of the North Wales mainline, the reopening of Corwen Station and the Gobowen to Oswestry line and major Levelling Up Fund investment in the Llangollen and Montgomery canals.

"Will the Prime Minister now deliver the long-awaited Pant/Llanymynech Bypass and prioritise the dualling of the A5/A483 in Clwyd South and North Shropshire?”

Mr Sunak then confirmed that they are making "significant improvements" to cross-border rail services across the Union.

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He added: “Thanks to our decision on HS2, we can now provide an unprecedented £1billion of investment to fund the electrification of the North Wales main line that will ensure reliable punctual journeys between North Wales and multiple cities across Northwest of England.

“We also are continuing to develop the Pant and Llanymynech Bypass Scheme in our next round of the road investment plans.

“The section of the A5 in England will be considered by National Highways as part of the Midlands to Gloucestershire to Wales route strategy."