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Labour government must not stall on M4 relief road plans

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The Welsh Labour Government’s consultation on possible routes for an M4 relief road around Newport is due to end today - with a call from Welsh Conservatives to press on with the plans and name a start date.

Welsh Conservatives have long campaigned for a relief road to ease congestion along the main arterial route through South Wales.

M4 relief road plans were scrapped by the incoming Labour Government in 1997 and again in the mid-2000s by the Welsh Government.

Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport, said:

“As the consultation on a possible route for the M4 relief road draws to a close, the Welsh Government must quickly assess the responses and move swiftly to the next stage.

“We need Carwyn Jones and Welsh Labour to announce its preferred route and a potential start date to end the uncertainty which has surrounded this project for a decade and a half.

“After years of Labour dithering, the UK Government has now intervened to enable the construction of an M4 relief road to equip our economy for the future.

“Recently announced borrowing powers can help realise an M4 relief road, as well as other infrastructure projects in other parts of the country.

“Making the M4 fit for purpose is critical to achieve Wales’ economic potential and help create the conditions for private sector growth.

“I hope the Labour Government will now reflect on the results of the consultation, listen to the views of businesses, commuters, residents, and environmentalists, and swiftly reveal its timetable for the delivery of this vital project.”

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