How we manage the roads we own in Wales.
Improving our roads
We use Welsh Transport Appraisal Guidance (WelTAG) to plan different types of transport, including rail and cycling. We also use it when we need to fix or change the roads.
WelTAG is an important part of our Llwybr Newydd: Wales Transport Strategy. It helps us to take into account important factors like:
- the environment, biodiversity and climate change
- the health and well-being of future generations.
Watch our video to find out more about how we use WelTAG for road projects:
We are responsible for about 1516km of major A roads (known as trunk roads) and 178km of motorway in Wales.
It’s important that we look after them to keep them fit for purpose and safe for users.
We use 2 public sector organisations called Trunk Road Agents (TRAs) to run and look after our roads on our behalf:
- North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent (NMWTRA)
- South Wales Trunk Road Agent (SWTRA)
They are responsible for:
- looking after our road verges and green corridors, and help to protect the wildlife on our roads
- monitoring the network and offering support during incidents
- maintaining bridges, tunnels and transport technology
- delivering maintenance and improvement schemes to ensure safer and smoother journeys
They also deliver Traffic Wales which help us to keep the roads clear and safe. They provide the latest traffic information and deliver the Welsh Government’s traffic officer service.
Traffic officers patrol the network to help keep road users safe: road network map.
They’re supported by control room operators who set signs and signals to alert road users to hazards.