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M4 inquiry to consider 13 alternative routes

Usk bridge

The five-month public inquiry into the proposed £1bn M4 corridor around Newport is to consider 13 alternative routes proposed by objectors to the main scheme.

At a pre-inquiry meeting last week, representatives from the Welsh Government said that they had received 13 alternatives to their draft proposals and one more might possibly come in. All the proposals are from objectors to the current plans.

Time has now been programmed into the inquiry to hear the case for each alternative, the reasons why the Welsh Government rebuts them and then any counter-objections.

Costain, Vinci and Taylor Woodrow with consultants Arup and Atkins, make up the design development team, supported by environmental consultant RPS.

The full inquiry will start on February 28, delayed from last year after the introduction of a revised methodology to forecast traffic growth by the Department for Transport meant the Welsh Government needed more time to consider the new data.

The Welsh Government’s preferred route option, the so-called ‘black route’, would be a new six-lane motorway which would run below junction 23a to junction 29 and includes a new bridge over the River Usk to the south of Newport. This is the main route the inquiry will consider. The majority of opponents to the black route favour the alternative blue route, which runs further north.

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