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 .
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.