The independent public inquiry into the M4 Corridor around Newport Project will begin on 1 November, Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates has announced today.
With the independent inspector now appointed and the pre inquiry meeting set to commence next Monday (18 July), the Economy Secretary said that it was in Wales’ interest to have an independent review into whether the proposals form part of the long term, sustainable solution to the traffic problems at this gateway to Wales.
Ken Skates said:
“I was keen to ensure that a date was set for the public inquiry into the M4 Project at the earliest possible opportunity in order that we can provide clarity on the process.
“It’s been clear for some time that for businesses, commuters and visitors alike, the current stretch of M4 around Newport is unable to cope with the needs of modern Wales.”
“This inquiry will provide open and transparent scrutiny of our proposed solution, and suggested alternatives, before providing vital feedback to inform a final decision on whether we proceed to construction.”
On the imminent pre-inquiry meeting, the Cabinet Secretary said:
The pre inquiry meeting will be held at Lysaght Institute, Newport, starting at 1pm, and is open to all. It will allow interested parties to better understand the process and prepare for the Inquiry itself. It will not examine evidence.
“The pre inquiry meeting will help the Inspector and all interested parties to prepare for the inquiry. Supporters and objectors from across Wales and beyond are all invited to attend to better understand how the inquiry process will consider all pertinent environmental, social and economic factors.”