Funding of almost £3.4million has been awarded for major transport infrastructure projects in Carmarthenshire.
The Welsh Government has made £20million available through its Local Transport Fund to benefit local communities across Wales.
Some £1million has been allocated for walking and cycling links in Carmarthenshire, which includes the ambitious Tywi Valley Path.
The project will create a 16-mile shared use path between Carmarthen and Llandeilo, following the route of the old railway line where possible and linking in with major tourist attractions.
The project is estimated to cost a total of £5 to £8million and will be developed in phases as funding and land is secured.
A further £1.5million will go towards phase two of the Cross Hands Economic Link Road from Black Lion Road northwards to join the A476.
This important scheme will open up land along the A48 corridor bringing major opportunities for development and economic growth.
A grant of £865,000 has also been awarded for infrastructure improvements in Ammanford town centre.
This money will help progress the scheme which includes the construction of a new roundabout on the A483 trunk road / A474 intersection and the existing signalised junction will be upgraded to help address congestion issues and support economic regeneration aspirations for the area.
Finally, the council received £10,000 to develop Active Travel Maps as required under the Active Travel (Wales) Act.
Welcoming the funding, the council’s Director of Environment Ruth Mullen said:
“We are delighted this funding has been made available for these major infrastructure projects which will all provide a significant economic boost not only to Carmarthenshire bit to the wider South West Wales region.
“The Cross Hands Link Road is a flagship project which will help to reinforce Cross Hands as a major strategic employment site for the city region.
“The Tywi Valley Path is an exciting project which will bring huge benefits to the leisure tourism industry and also supports our aspiration to make Carmarthenshire the cycling capital of Wales.”