WORK on a new cycle path linking Llandeilo and Carmarthen will go ahead following the announcement that Carmarthenshire has secured £16.7 million of the UK government's 'levelling up' fund.

In his Autumn Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said £121m of funding will go to 10 specific schemes in Wales as part of that fund.

Carmarthenshire MP Jonathan Edwards, who nominated the Tywi Valley path as his preferred scheme for the funding, has welcomed today’s announcement.

Mr Edwards, the Independent MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, backed Carmarthenshire County Council's bid for the levelling up fund to deliver the Tywi Valley shared-use path between Carmarthen and Llandeilo.

He said: "I am absolutely delighted that the Carmarthen-Llandeilo cycle path has succeeded in securing Levelling Up Fund investment.

"As a big supporter of the scheme I was delighted to nominate it as my preferred project for the fund.

"I would like to congratulate Carmarthenshire County Council for their hard work in putting the bid together and being one of only 10 successful Welsh bids.

"The cycle path is a significant investment for the Tywi Valley and Carmarthenshire, building on the work of the council in promoting our county as a fantastic place to live and work.

"In utilising our tremendous natural assets in Carmarthenshire we can put together a package that attracts further economic investment and opportunity. This is great news for the county and I fully congratulate everyone involved."