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The South Wales Trunk Road Agent (Welsh: Asiant Cefnffyrdd De Cymru) (SWTRA) is responsible for managing motorways and trunk roads in South Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government. The South Wales Trunk Road Agency was established on 1 April 2006, and by 1 April 2012 it was renamed the South Wales Trunk Road Agent. The South Wales Trunk Road Agent is responsible for the motorway and trunk roads from the Severn Bridge in the East to Milford Haven in the West.

South Wales Trunk Road Agent
Welsh Government agency
IndustryHighway Authority
Founded1 April 2006 (2006-04-01)
HeadquartersLlandarcy House
The Courtyard
Skewen
Neath
Key people
Richard Jones[1]
(Head of Service)
OwnerWelsh Government
Number of employees
124 (2015)[1]
Websitewww.southwales-tra.gov.uk

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History of trunk roads in south WalesEdit

Prior to the South Wales Trunk Road Agency being established, motorways and trunk roads in Wales were managed by the Ministry of Transport, later being taken on by the Welsh Office. The National Assembly for Wales took responsibility for devolved powers on 1 July 1999,[2] as part of this process, transport was transferred from the Parliament of the United Kingdom to the National Assembly for Wales and with it responsibility for the trunk road network, including motorways.[3] Responsibility for the management of highways in Wales is split between the Welsh Government and local highway agencies. The Welsh Government is responsible for trunk roads and motorways, whilst the 22 local authorities are responsible for all other highways.

In 2001 the Welsh Government reviewed the way in which trunk roads and motorways were being managed,[4] and by September 2004,[4] they had decided to reduce the number of trunk road agencies from eight down to three.[4] The three new agencies including the South Wales Trunk Road Agency (SWTRA), which was later renamed the South Wales Trunk Road Agent.[4]

The South Wales Trunk Road Agency (SWTRA) acts as Agent Highway Authority for the Welsh Government

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council manage and maintains the trunk road network on behalf of the Transport and Strategic Regeneration division of the Welsh Government for SWTRA.[5][6]

As of April 2015, out of a total of 34,495 miles (55,514 km) of roads in Wales, 1,576 kilometres (979 mi) are trunk roads (including 133 kilometres (83 mi) of motorways and 350 kilometres (220 mi) of dual carriageway).[7]

Roads managed by the South Wales Trunk Road AgentEdit

Road number Route within SWTRA
M4 Second Severn Crossing - Pont Abraham
M48 Severn Bridge - M4, Junction 23 Plaza
A48(M) M4, Junction. 29 - A48 Western Avenue.
A40 England Border at Monmouth - Fishguard.
A48 Chepstow - Carmarthen.
A449 M4, Junction 24, Coldra - A40, Raglan Interchange.
A465 Llangua - M4, Junction 43, Llandarcy.
A466 Newhouse Roundabout - A48(T) Highbeech Roundabout.
A470 M4, Cyffordd 32, Coryton – A465, Cefn Coed.
A477 A40 Junction, St Clears - Pembroke Dock.
A483 Pont Abraham - A40, Rhosmaen.
A487 A40, Fishguard - Stand Back Lane.
A4042 M4, Junction 25A - A40 Hardwick Roundabout, Abergavenny.
A4060 A470, Junction at Pentre-bach - A465, Dowlais Junction.
A4076 Milford - A40, Haverfordwest.
A4232 M4, Junction 33, Capel Llanilltern - Culverhouse Cross Interchange.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "National Assembly for Wales Public Account Committee Inquiry into Value for Money of Motorway and Trunk Road Investment" (PDF). National Assembly for Wales. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  2. ^ "Devolved Parliaments and Assemblies". Parliament of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  3. ^ "Governance of Wales: Who is responsible for what?". National Assembly for Wales. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  4. ^ a b c d "Background to Formation of the Agency". South Wales Trunk Road Agent. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  5. ^ "South Wales Trunk Road Agent (SWTRA)". South Wales Trunk Road Agent. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  6. ^ "Who we are". North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  7. ^ "Road lengths and conditions in Wales during 2014–15, Table 2 – Road Length by Class and local Authority 2015(a) – Page 4" (PDF). Welsh Government. Retrieved 2016-03-08.

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