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Welsh M4 inquiry set for February start

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The delayed five-month public inquiry into the proposed £1bn M4 corridor around Newport will start on 28 February 2017, with a pre-inquiry meeting held on 27 January.

The inquiry was due to start in November, but 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 inquiry will look at all aspects of the road plan and take into consideration the most up-to-date and accurate information, as well as alternatives. Costain, Vinci and Taylor Woodrow with consultants Arup and Atkins, make up the design development team, supported by environmental consultant RPS.

“In terms of major road improvements, I am publishing full technical, economic and environmental report on my review of the M4 scheme and can announce that the public inquiry into the M4 will take place on 28 February 2017, with a pre-inquiry meeting held on 27 January,” said the Welsh government’s economy and infrastructure secretary Ken Skates.

The announcement was made by Skates, who also outlined a five-year plan for infrastructure investments including Wales setting up its own National Infrastructure Commission.

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