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Roads: M4 Eastbound: St Julian's Hill Update

There's queueing traffic for ten miles after an earlier accident on the M4 St Julian's Hill Eastbound between J25 A4042 / B4596 (Caerleon) and J24 A48 / A449 (Coldra).

There's congestion to J30 A4232 (Cardiff Gate).

All lanes have been re-opened but travel time is around 50 minutes.

It's also affecting the A48(M) outbound before the M4 at J29. There's congestion to J29a A48 Eastern Avenue (St Mellons).

Roads: M4 Eastbound Update

There's queueing traffic because of an accident, now on the hard shoulder, on M4 St Julian's Hill Eastbound between J25 A4042 / B4596 (Caerleon) and J24 A48 / A449 (Coldra),

There's congestion on the M4 to J29 A48(M). All lanes have been re-opened.

It's also affecting the A48(M) outbound before the M4 at J2

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M4: Friends of the Earth 'willing to seek judge's opinion'

European and Welsh law require the Welsh Government to consider a variety of options with an open mind in its transport planning in order to make sure that unnecessary environmental damage is avoided.

We don’t think they’ve done that - and we’re willing to seek a judge’s opinion on the Welsh Government’s ability to comply with the law.

– Gareth Clubb, Friends of the Earth Cymru

Friends of the Earth begin action over M4 proposals

Friends of the Earth Cymru have confirmed today that a letter will be sent to the Welsh Government, asking them to withdraw and restart an environmental consultation about the proposed M4 relief road route.

The group say they are concerned about the environmental impact of the proposals, and claim alternative routes to the one through the Gwent Levels - which was announced as the preferred road earlier this month - were not given enough consideration.

The Welsh Government has two weeks to respond to the letter, and depending on the outcome of that, Friends of the Earth may decide to then begin judicial review proceedings.

Ministers have previously said they expected to face a legal challenge.

M4 decision 'could have been handled better' says Labour AM

Labour's Mick Antoniw tells Political Editor Adrian Masters that the Welsh Government's decision on the M4 relief road project 'could have been handled better.'

He's a member of the Environment Committee which completed its report into the plan today. Other Labour members are also said to be disappointed that the announcement was made before the committee finished its scrutiny.

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