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Tolls to fund relief road round M4 bottleneck

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WALES IS to develop a tollfinanced relief road for the M4 around Newport, the Welsh Executive announced this week.

The road will relieve one of the busiest sections of the M4, which squeezes down to twolane dual carriageway east of Newport as it goes through the Bryn Glas tunnels.

It will be the second toll road on the M4 between Bristol and Cardiff. Motorists already have to pay to use the Second Severn Crossing over the Severn Estuary.

The new toll road will run to the south of the tunnels, passing through the disused Llanwern Steelworks and over the River Usk.

It will branch off the M4 at Magor, rejoining it at junction 29.

Welsh transport minister Andrew Davies said he hoped to start construction within five years.

The plan was announced as part of an £8bn, 15 year programme of transport improvements. Other projects include a £1bn upgrade of the A55 in north east Wales, a £69M Porth/ Lower Rhondda Fach relief road and a £95M Port Talbot peripheral distributor road.

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