A solution to congestion on the M4 has moved a step closer with Welsh Labour’s Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates announcing an independent Public Local Inquiry into the M4 Corridor around Newport project.
The inquiry is set to commence in Newport this autumn, with a pre-inquiry meeting taking place on 18 July. It is expected to take around five months.The Inquiry will be held at the Lysaght Institute, Newport and will be open to the general public.
An independent Inspector will comprehensively review the proposals for the favoured Black Route, in addition to considering suggested alternatives. The independent Inspector will review the need for the scheme and consider all environmental, social and economic factors and the inquiry will hear evidence from technical experts as well as supporters and objectors.
Alongside infrastructure improvements to the North, Mid and West Wales, the M4 project and the Metro are hugely important to the Welsh Labour Government’s vision for an efficient, integrated transport system for Wales.
Should the Inspector recommend the scheme proceed to construction, the new section of M4 could be open by Autumn 2021.
Further information is available here.