Hundreds of people are expected to protest today over plans for an M4 relief road in Newport to ease traffic
Campaigners will protest outside the Senedd and say it'll cause more congestion and 'damage' wildlife as well as the environment.
A second motorway has been proposed to the south of Newport, parallel to the existing M4 motorway from junction 23A at Magar, to junction 29 at Castleton, avoiding the need to widen the Brynglas Tunnels.
What's happened so far?
- An M4 relief road was first proposed by the Wales Office in 1991, but there was little progress in the following years.
- Plans for the new M4 were announced in March 2006, but in July 2009, the Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones announced that the plans were to be dropped.
- In March 2012, the Welsh Government launched a consultation on plans that could ease congestion on the M4 around Newport.
- A public consultation exercise opened in March 2012.
- In 2014, Wales Transport Minister Edwina Hart said that the preferred "black route" south of Newport between Junctions 23 and 29, including a new crossing of the River Usk, would go ahead.
- In 2017, a public enquiry was launched to look at the £1.3 billion pound project and its economic impact, environmental and social factors too. It looked at evidence relating to 22 possible alternatives to the 'black route'. During the inquiry, the Welsh government announced that the road will cost an extra £136 million and the opening would also be delayed by two years.
- In October 2018, AMs were told they will have a "binding vote" on whether to build an M4 relief road before First Minister Carwyn Jones stands down in December.