The inquiry is set to commence in Newport this autumn, with a pre-inquiry meeting taking place on 18 July

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21 June 2016
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The inquiry is set to commence in Newport this autumn, with a pre-inquiry meeting taking place on 18 July. It is expected to take around five months.

An independent Inspector will review the need for the scheme and consider all environmental, social and economic factors. The Inquiry will hear evidence from technical experts as well as supporters and objectors.  

Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates said: 

“This independent inquiry will set out the proposals for the M4 Corridor around Newport project in a public forum. It will allow open and transparent scrutiny and provide vital feedback to inform a final decision on whether to proceed to construction.  

“Alongside infrastructure improvements to the North, Mid and West Wales, the M4 project and the Metro are hugely important to our vision for an efficient, integrated transport system for Wales and I’m very pleased to have been able to move forward so quickly with this.”

The Inquiry will be held at the Lysaght Institute, Newport and will be open to the general public. An independent Inspector will comprehensively review the proposals for the favoured Black Route, in addition to considering suggested alternatives.

Should the Inspector recommend the scheme proceed to construction, the new section of M4 could be open by Autumn 2021.