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End of ‘business as usual’ for new road building as M4 extension cancelled

4 June 2019

Responding to the decision by the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford AM, to drop the damaging plans to extend the M4, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"This damaging road scheme being dropped is down to the hard work of the local community in getting the Welsh Government to listen to their concerns on the environmental impacts. It signifies the end of business as usual for new road building.

"At a time when we urgently need to tackle air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions we can't afford for this decision to be a brave one-off. We need transformative investment in public transport to help reduce car use, not new roads to encourage it. Westminster needs to take a similar long-term view with the second round of the Roads Investment Strategy."

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For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).