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MPs call for better transport

Members of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee have welcomed investment in rail electrification but say it is 'disappointing' that high speed rail will not come to Wales. The MPs also called for more investment in the M4.

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MPs call for improvements to 'under-invested' M4

MPs have called for improvements for the M4 in South Wales Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

MPs on the Welsh Affairs Committee want action by the UK and Welsh Governments to improve the M4. They say it has suffered from under-investment and congestion for too long and they're demanding what they call a 'funded solution', rather than using money from the tolls on the Severn Bridges.

The MPs believe the tolls are hampering the development of businesses in Wales and deterring inward investment. A report from the committee published this morning calls on the UK government to put in place a plan for cutting the tolls in future.

"It is a huge disappointment that the Crossings have accumulated a huge and apparently unforeseen debt which risks delaying the badly needed reduction in toll levels. The M4 into Wales more generally has suffered from under-investment for far too long", said the Committee's Chair, David Davies MP.

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