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State of Roads in Wales

The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into the State of Roads in Wales.


The inquiry will focus on:

  • The condition and approach to maintenance of the local road, trunk road and motorway network;
  • Delivery of enhancement projects on the local road, trunk road and motorway network; and
  • How far the approaches taken to highway maintenance and improvement are sustainable.

Terms of reference

  • The current condition of roads in Wales and whether the approach to funding and delivery of maintenance programmes for the local road, trunk road and motorway network in Wales is effective, managed so as to minimise disruption to road users, and provides value for money;
  • Whether major enhancement projects on the local road, trunk road and motorway network are prioritised, funded, planned and delivered effectively, and provide value for money. Relevant issues include the implementation of the Early Contractor Involvement approach and the opportunities offered by the Welsh Government’s Mutual Investment Model; and
  • Whether Wales is adopting a sustainable approach to the maintenance and enhancement of its road network in the context of key legislation such as the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013.


Photography Competition


The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee are asking you to capture on camera your depiction of the State of the Roads in Wales


The Inquiry – What is it about?

A new inquiry will look at the state of roads in Wales and what is being done to ensure they are fit for the future.


The National Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee will look at the current condition of Welsh roads and whether the funding and maintenance models in place are providing value for money.


Recent media reports claimed it would take 24 years to clear the backlog of road repairs across the country.


The Committee will also look at the viability and value for money of major construction projects like the M4 relief road around Newport, the A465 duelling programme between Gilwern and Brynmawr, the Caernarfon to Bontnewydd bypass, and the Newtown bypass. Costs for the relief road have already risen beyond £1 billion, while a recent Welsh Government announcement revealed the A465 is also projected to be over budget.


“Potholes and poorly maintained roads are a frustration for all of us. As well as making your journey uncomfortable they can seriously damage the Welsh economy and society as a whole,” said Russell George AM, Chair of the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.


The prizes

The best photographs will be part of a public exhibition and will be on display at the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff. The winner’s image will also feature on the cover of the report. The winner and runners up will receive a print of their image and the winner will be invited to the report launch. 


The judging panel

The judging panel will be comprised of the Assembly Members who sit on the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee, who are undertaking the inquiry.



  • The competition opens on Thursday 7 June 2018
  • Deadline for entries is 12 noon on Friday 13 July 2018 
  • Winners will be announced on Monday 23 July 2018


How to enter

Some roads in Wales are known as “un-adopted” roads and so are the responsibility of residents rather than the Welsh Government or local authority. Only images taken of adopted roads, which are the responsibility of the Welsh Government or Local Authorities, can be accepted.


Entries should be sent by email to:

Please include with your image:

  • Your full name
  • Phone number
  • The date your image was taken
  • The location of your image


Please do not submit an image before reading our terms and conditions and privacy notice


Social media

The competition will be promoted via Twitter (@SeneddEIS) and further information about the inquiry can be found above.

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: Inquiry in progress

First published: 26/03/2018





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