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Date set for inquiry into £1bn Welsh M4 upgrade

M4 Wales design 2by3A

The public inquiry into the £1bn M4 Corridor upgrade around Newport will start in November, the Welsh Government has announced.

An independent inspector has been appointed to lead the inquiry and a pre-enquiry meeting is being held today. It will outline how the main inquiry will work. Costain, Vinci and Taylor Woodrow with consultants Arup and Atkins, make up the design development team, supported by environmental consultants RPS. Construction is expected to start in Spring 2018 and finish by 2022.

Wales economy secretary Ken Skates said: “I was keen to ensure that a date was set for the public inquiry into the M4 Project at the earliest possible opportunity in order that we can provide clarity on the process.

“It’s been clear for some time that for businesses, commuters and visitors alike, the current stretch of M4 around Newport is unable to cope with the needs of modern Wales.

“This inquiry will provide open and transparent scrutiny of our proposed solution, and suggested alternatives, before providing vital feedback to inform a final decision on whether we proceed to construction.”

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