Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies who is standing for South Wales Central - which includes Penarth - says his party would increase speed limits on the M4 to 80-mph

Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies who is standing for South Wales Central (which includes Penarth)  says his party would increase speed limits on the M4 to 80-mph

The Welsh Conservative Party says that if it wins control of the Welsh Assembly in May it will increase the speed limit on the  M4 motorway and the A55  dual carriageway along the North  Wales coast from 70mph to 80mph.

The Welsh Assembly is due to be given powers by Westminster to change speed limits sometime after the election .  The road-safety charity “Brake” calls the proposals are “disappointing” and claims increasing speed limits will increase road deaths .

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew R T Davies ( who this week revealed the “R T” stands for “Robert Tudor”)  says “Welsh Conservatives believe that raising the speed limit from 70mph to 80mph  could play a vital role in getting our economy moving and offering invaluable support to hard-pressed motorists, commuters and businesses. Consultation would be key – ensuring the views of all stakeholders are considered, so any change on the M4 and A55 is delivered with safety being paramount.”

Meanwhile Andrew RT Davies has followed suit with other major party leaders and published his tax returns –  revealing that he earns more money that the Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones – his Assembly salary being supplemented by his farming income .

The Tax Return of Andrew R T Davies shwos he earned

The Tax Return of Andrew R T Davies shows he earned £121,738 in 2014/15

First Minister Carwyn Jones’s tax return – published earlier this week – showed that he earned £119,184 in 2014-15 which is £2,544 less than Andrew R T Davies..

Andrew R T Davies has also said that if re-elected he would not accept the pay rise which AMs are due to receive on their return to the Welsh Assembly after next month’s election.

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  1. Elmer Fudd says:

    The Tories would promise anything not to relinquish power
    Despicable !!

    • Fiona Whitfield says:

      Hear Hear !

    • Heather Chambers says:

      Something has to be done about roads in Wales. At least the Tories recognise this.
      Has anyone ever driven this stretch of road on a Monday or Friday?
      Plaid would build the M4 bypass around Ffestiniog
      Labour would promise it, then announce it ten times and never build anything. Look at the temporary speed limit in the Bynglass tunnels. Typical Labour inaction.
      Lib Dems would just say they are so sorry.
      and as for the Greens, they would turn all roads into vegetable gardens and we would go back to the dark ages if they had their way.

      • pompousfruit says:

        Which is why I would rather vote Labour or Lib Dem. They take a far more sensible approach to transport than the other political parties.

  2. Alwyn says:

    So Andrew RT is a part-time AM?
    By the way, he’d be better campaigning for 20mph limit in Penarth shopping centre, which Penarth people shamefully rejected when Lis Burnett campaigned for it some years ago. But no, he wants to drive his big, fast car even faster.

    • hopenotnasty says:

      Yes 20mph is working well in Llandough especially on Penlan road. Vehicles are definitely driving slower.

      • Martin says:

        I totally agree.

        The on-line vote for the 20 mph speed limit was always going to favour those against it. The proposal should be resurrected with a fair vote.

      • Dan Potts says:

        But it’s not popular with us who live there, it’s causing congestion , dangerous tail gaiting and probably more pollution .Hopefully it will revert to a sensible 30 limit

      • pompousfruit says:

        A 20mph speed limit for the town centre is a better idea than pedestrianising Windsor Road. Also a bus lane on both sides of the road and an extra bus stop for Cardiff bound buses is needed.

  3. whatsoccurin says:

    The Tories can say what they like-they will never be in power in Wales-they could suggest a 100mph speed limit on the M4 but often at rush hour around Newport you just about reach 10 m.p.h! Penarth does need a 20m.p.h limit as it is now a “rat run” for drivers between the Vale and Cardiff with traffic avoiding the rarely used Dinas Powys bus lane.

  4. Andrew sarchus says:

    Mr Fudd- they can’t relinquish something they don’t have- in Wales!!. I’m no Tory fan but anyone- yes anyone except another term of the failing, self serving, complacent, bonkers Labour party in power- in wales again. What is it 17 years running what is in realty a council and our GDP is still 72% of the UK average. Anyway most motorway traffic travels at circa 80 MPH so that new law will make little difference. Its stopping the speedsters in built up areas we should be concentrating on. The very self important Liz Burnet should have started a post it note campaign re the speed limit- that would have got some publicity eh!

  5. Peter Church says:

    I see RT’s tax return in this article.
    Does anyone have any old hats for Labour Councillor Philip Rappier to eat?

  6. Martin gossage says:

    Just been up and down the M4 .Will the right honourable gentleman also increase the speed of those in the middle lane from 50 to 60mph .?

  7. AK says:

    Next, they’ll announce we are to drive on the right, and pay tolls only with bank notes with Shirley Bassey on them.

    80 mph my *rs*, you can barely get above 50 safely in most parts. Perhaps llantrisant as far as Margam!

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