DINAS Powys Conservatives have called for a major rethink of transport policy by Vale Council officials, accusing the new Council Leader of “jeopardising significant progress” on efforts to boost links between Barry and Cardiff - via Dinas Powys.

Cllr Vince Driscoll - the Shadow Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services & Transport - is calling on the Vale Council to pause controversial plans for a new road and viaduct through the Ely Valley (the ‘Junction 34’ scheme).

Instead, he and fellow Conservatives are urging the Labour-led administration to make the bypass its key priority.

It comes after the new Leader of the vale Council told Walesonline reporters that he doesn’t think Welsh Government will find the money for a bypass.

However, local Conservatives have accused Cllr Moore of “weakness” and urged Cllr Moore to rethink plans for a new road linking the airport with Junction 34.

Cllr Vince Driscoll said: “The new Leader risks jeopardising the significant progress that has been made on a bypass, within just days of taking over.

“Congestion between Cardiff and Barry is getting worse all the time, and development along Barry Waterfront and in the village of Dinas Powys is going to make things even more difficult for commuters.

“Instead of pressing on with an unpopular road in Pendoylan, he should be making the case for the Bypass - which is the road Barry residents want to see built.

Cllr Stephen Griffiths said: “What we’ve seen so far from the new Council Leader is weakness, and he needs to see the bigger picture.

“The Bypass is popular amongst Barry residents because it will improve journey times for commuters and open up the town to better links with the capital.

“It’s not just about Dinas Powys. This is a project of regional significance and we need to be banging the drum for funding because this scheme should be the top priority for the administration.”