Details on how Cardiff, Newport and Bristol plan to work together as a city region under the title of Great Western Cities have been unveiled. It is hoped the move will boost the economy in the region and help to develop renewable energy. The announcement is the latest step for councils either side of the Severn Estuary to work together to rival England's ‘northern powerhouse'.
The cities involved have already formed partnerships to shape transport plans. In November, the leader of Cardiff council warned that the capital would lose out if it did not work with another major centre like Bristol. The launch report said the three cities were already amongst the most successful in Britain, with a combined economic output of £58bn, but could do better.