No final construction contract for the planned M4 relief road has been awarded thanks to the Welsh Liberal Democrats, the party has said today.
Following the news that the ‘Early Contractor Involvement’ contract has been awarded to undertake statutory development and environmental work, the Welsh Lib Dems reiterated the agreement in their budget deal with the Welsh Government that no final design work would be carried out nor full contracts awarded before the end of this Assembly term.
Veronica German, Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for Monmouth, said:
“Welsh Liberal Democrats have said from the start that the proposed ‘Black Route’ is completely unnecessary. Our proposed alternative for a relief road is less expensive, less likely to damage vast swathes of our environment and academically recommended. The reduce costs would allow us to invest in public transport, reducing congestion by taking cars off the road.
“It’s for all these reasons that we ensured no final construction contracts would be awarded this side of the Assembly election, meaning the entire project can still be scrapped by the next Welsh Government. This latest announcement doesn’t change that.”
Commenting on the rejection of a judicial review application regarding the M4 decision, Veronica German added:
“Today’s outcome doesn’t change the fact that by not taking into account the effect investment in public transport would have on congestion around Newport, the Welsh Labour Government’s consultation was botched.
“With opposition to this botched plan growing by the day and virtually no prospect of a Labour majority at the next election, the sooner Welsh Labour Ministers realise this road isn’t going to happen, the better for all involved.
The joint statement between the Welsh Liberal Democrats and the Welsh Government regarding the Budget noted an agreement that no construction of the M4 relief road will start before the next Assembly elections, and a detailed Environmental Impact Study into the project will be commissioned.