This morning the Welsh Secretary and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced the launch of the Western Gateway.
The Western Gateway is the first cross-border ‘powerhouse’ partnership of its kind and will lead to one shared vision of delivering economic, social and educational benefits to a region of over four million people.
The Western Gateway partnership is a collaboration of several local authorities that span the Severn estuary. Partners in Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Cardiff, Newport and Swansea have been working towards this moment for a number of years - and national Government are now supporting the initiative too.
The Western Gateway is an essential collaboration to develop sustainable and inclusive growth in the region. Next steps are to grow the initiative further with new partners across sectors, develop governance and set out actions to deliver on the promise of the region.
Speaking on behalf of the partnership, Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “These announcements are welcome steps towards building a strong economic future for south Wales and western England. In putting forward this partnership we’ve demonstrated the ability to work together to meet common goals and unlock the potential of the region.
“The opportunities that the Western Gateway could capitalise on and enrich are vast. The region already has an economy worth £107bn, three major transport arteries, high levels of economic connectivity and the ability to connect east and west of Britain like no other area. We look forward to working together with Katherine and our governments to fully realise the potential of the Gateway.”
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Today’s announcements mark a significant milestone in the journey towards developing sustainable growth and delivering an economic boost for a region of over four million people. Our work with partners has seen us develop a shared vision for our cross-border economy that we are now ready to bring to life.
"I look forward to continue working with all partners on this initiative and unlock economic, social and educational benefits for all across the region.”