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Extra £136m cost and delay for M4 route proposal

New agreed plans are expected to cost an extra £136m Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Controversial plans for a new stretch of motorway around Newport has taken a step further today.

The Welsh Government today unveiled it had reached an agreement with the port owner and operator Associated British Ports over the plans around Newport Docks.

The new plan is expected to come at an extra cost of £136m and open much later than anticipated.

ABP had previously objected to the scheme which would see the new road bridge over Newport Docks with concerns it could affect trade.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates has now announced both the Welsh Government and ABP have reached an agreement for works to integrate Newport Docks with the M4 Project.

These would include:

  • the construction and refurbishment of quays,
  • rearrangements of tenants
  • replacement of cranes, shaped around the new section of motorway and its new junction connecting the docks to the Trans European Motorway Network.
The agreed plans would see the construction and refurbishment of quays at Newport Docks. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The port currently supports around 2500 jobs and is contributes £173m a year to the Welsh economy.

The accommodation of the extra work is estimated to cost an extra £136m and will push the opening of the new road back to Autumn 2023.

A Public Inquiry is ongoing to scrutinise whether the M4 Project, in collaboration with the Cardiff City Region Metro, is a solution to the problems with M4 around Newport.

The Welsh Government says if the plans are approved work could start as soon as summer 2018.

I must stress that the works would only be constructed, and funding allocated for this purpose, if a decision is made to build the M4 Corridor around Newport Project. I anticipate that final decision can be made in the Summer in light of all views being heard at the Public Inquiry and the inspectors’ report being received.

I would like to again make it very clear that the goals and ways of working of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act will be central to that decision making, which I am keen to ensure is made in an open and transparent way to members. Continuing the spirit of previous updates I have provided to members, I have made this announcement to ensure that the best and most up-to- date information is available to all on this major project.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy and Transport Secretary