The Conservatives have broadly welcomed the go-ahead for the M4 relief motorway but claimed that today's announcement by Economy and Transport Minister Edwina Hart could trigger legal challenges.
A long time coming, today’s announcement at least shows progress and willing – finally. Make no mistake – the spades must start digging and businesses and travellers given the relief so sorely needed. Under no circumstances must that come at the expense of scrutiny – and today’s last-minute announcement has failed to take environmental concerns into account, or provide relevant detail. Welsh Conservatives have long called for M4 relief – and, while this must happen swiftly, it must happen appropriately.
This announcement today fails to take into account substantial concerns about the elimination of the Blue Route. There is a serious and substantial failure to comply with the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive and the Minister’s announcement today is likely to be mired in legal challenges for years to come. The potential environmental damage caused by the Ministers failure to consider properly the Blue Route is short termism at its worst.
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