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Scrapping M4 Relief Road will stunt Welsh economy

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The First Minister of Wales’ decision to scrap the M4 relief road is a huge blow for the Welsh economy, warns the Road Haulage Association.

The £1.4bn scheme would have relieved congestion on the key route and signalled Wales as open for business. But Mark Drakeford’s decision to ditch the project will dash the hopes of firms expecting improvements to a creaking road network after years of promises.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said that a thriving Welsh economy needs a fit-for-purpose M4 to attract new investment and spark growth.

“Firms frustrated with crippling congestion on the M4 will feel they’ve been let down by the Welsh Government.

“South Wales needs high-capacity, high-quality road infrastructure to keep people and goods moving efficiently. But scrapping the relief road without a clear alternative to reduce congestion will only make Wales less attractive to investors.”

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