The Welsh Assembly Government has invested over £9.5m to improve the local road infrastructure around Newport and improve access to the event. £3million has been provided to bring forward local road maintenance projects in time for the competition. We have also provided £3.2million for the three Park and Ride facilities to facilitate the event and £3.5million for a new access road from the A449.
The Deputy First Minister said,
“The arrival of The 2010 Ryder Cup represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to put Wales’ firmly on the map and it will be a fantastic opportunity the country will have to showcase itself on the world stage. The event has already done wonders for golf in Wales and its impact on tourism and business is already being felt.
“The Ryder Cup has increased Wales’ profile as a place to do business and visit. To make this event a success we have invested millions of pounds in the Newport area to improve roads, including improvements to the M4 and new Park and Rides facilities.
“There are also regeneration investments that we have brought forward to ensure Wales offers the best possible infrastructure. These include £8.5m for a major redevelopment of the Newport railway station and a new bus service scheduled to take passengers arriving by train directly to the Celtic Manor Resort. These commitments are part of our long-term vision to create a lasting legacy beyond 2010, long after the last ball is struck. This fits into our new approach to economic development and focuses on creating a high quality infrastructure so that businesses, large and small, are well connected within and beyond Wales.”
The physical works to install the Variable Speed Limit system on the M4 are now completed, and we will be suspending all lane restrictions and over night closures associated with the concrete barrier replacement scheme and other works on the M4 and other routes around Newport during competition week.
The 2010 Ryder Cup will be the first ever to be held in Wales and, with a potential television audience of nearly two billion people, we want to ensure Wales is remembered for all the right reasons.