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50 MPH is no solution to Newport's M4 traffic chaos Mark Drakeford

Commenting on the South East Wales Transport Commission’s recommendations published today (December 17), relating to traffic on the M4 around Newport, Russell George, Shadow Minister for Business, Economy and Infrastructure, said:

“As Welsh Conservatives, we  have long argued in favour of an M4 relief road. The First Minister should have accepted the recommendations of the Public Inquiry to proceed with the building of the road.

“The decision earlier this year was a kick in the teeth for Welsh commuters and the future progression of this country.

“After years of procrastination and dithering from successive Welsh Labour Governments, It’s shameful that the First Minister poured millions of pounds down the drain in completing a public inquiry, yet only to reject its findings.

“The so called progress update that has been published today just makes recommendations that tinker around the edges. Only a significant scheme will deal with the level of gridlock we have before us, the level of congestion on this road is a foot on the windpipe of the South Wales economy, and is damaging our businesses and their future prospects.”

At the Welsh Conservative manifesto launch in November, Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the Brynglas Tunnels as the “nostrils of a Welsh dragon which needed unblocking”.