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Calls to scrap M4 relief road in favour of better public transport

There are calls for the Welsh Government to rethink its transport plan and invest in public transport. Credit: PA

There are fresh calls to scrap plans to build an M4 relief road in Newport in favour of better public transport.

The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales says £1.4bn of public money earmarked for building the relief road should be spent on improving public transport in Wales.

Sophie Howe says the cash should be spent on the proposed Metro, active travel and public transport. The money is currently earmarked for the M4 Black Route.

The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales says: "Wales has a choice to make. It must choose whether to spend £1.4 billion on building a 14-mile section of M4 motorway, or to invest in alternative sustainable transport infrastructure that's fit for future generations, that Wales and the world can be proud of."

"We offer a package of integrated transport solutions as an alternative to travelling by car, to help solve congestion around Newport but can be transposed to any part of Wales, to make a better contribution to Wales' well-being goals. "

The proposed route would bypass the Brynglas tunnels.

The Welsh Government have said the Public Inquiry is an opportunity for everyone to be involved.

A year-long Public Inquiry has provided the opportunity for everyone, including the Commissioner, to be involved in what would be a significant infrastructure investment for Wales. We shortly expect to receive the Independent inspectors report which, along with the committed Senedd debate and vote, will inform the final decision making on whether the proposed M4 Project, in collaboration with the South Wales Metro, provides the long-term solution to the problems on this gateway to Wales.

Our commitment to improving public transport across the whole of Wales is clearly visible in the launch our new rail services contract next month which will deliver significant improvements including more and better trains for passengers across Wales and the Borders, and that from 2023 an £800m investment will ensure 95% of journeys are on new trains.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson