Welsh Conservatives’ M4 relief road election pledge – BBC News

Image caption The Welsh government has backed a six-lane motorway to run south of Newport

The Welsh Conservatives will have “diggers in the ground” to build a contrived M4 relief road within 12 months of took power if successful in the assembly elections, the working party has said.

They have yet to publicly back a particular roadway but indicated that they would include a review of all options.

Leader Andrew RT Davies accused Labour of dithering on the M4 intentions.

A spokesman for the first minister said the Welsh government was keen for the M4 to progress as soon as possible.

It substantiates a new six lane motorway to run south of Newport, which is thought to cost around 1bn.

But the preferred black route programmes ought to have contentious and others have suggested that a so-called blue itinerary, increasing existing roads, would be cheaper.

First Minister Carwyn Jones has argued the black roadway may expenditure “nowhere near” 1bn.

But Mr Davies said: “A public evaluate will give equal consideration to all the options, delivering a road that provisions value for coin and furnishes the Welsh economy for future emergence.

“But we cannot allow Labour’s dithering to kick this into the long grass.”

He lent a “Welsh Conservative government would speed the road review and have diggers in the dirt within twelve months”.

Mr Davies has already been told me that he would consider substantiating a new motorway if the costs was reduced.

Keith Jones, head of the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales Cymru and a supporter of the black itinerary, said: “Work could indeed start within a year of the new Welsh government.

“It would be a very challenging curriculum with full motif being carried out in parallel with the statutory procedures, but it is welcoming to see correspondence for a speedy resolution.”

However, a Welsh government website for the M4 projects recommends a potential timeline of Springtime 2018 for the start of interpretation, with a public inquiry taking place during winter of 2016/ 2017.

‘Hypocritical’

The plans to ease M4 congestion have segmented sentiment within the assembly’s governing Labour group – with one Labour AM sacked as a committee chair after criticising spending on the road.

A spokesman for the first official said: “This is completely hypocritical of the Tories – their own front bench is divided on this matter, just as they are completely split on Europe.

“This is a massive infrastructure project and, of course, that will attract debate and controversy.

“But to claim that the Welsh government is an impediment to the progress is terminated sillines.

“As one of the most ambitious activities this government has sought to deliver, the administration is keen for it to progress as soon as possible so the peoples of the territories, the enterprises and economy of Wales can start feeling the benefits.”

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