NDM7066 Plaid Cymru debate - Alternatives to the M4 Relief Road

NDM7066 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Calls for the investment initially earmarked for the Welsh Government’s rejected M4 relief road proposal to be refocused towards the rapid development of a long-term vision for a green and sustainable integrated Welsh transport network, which includes giving priority to addressing the congestion issues around Newport.

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales plays a central role in guiding strategic and long-term national infrastructure planning.


The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Rebecca Evans (Gower)

Delete all and replace with:

1. Notes the decision and oral statement made by the First Minister on Tuesday 4th June regarding the M4 corridor around Newport project.

2. Notes the proposed next steps outlined by the Minister for Economy and Transport and an expert Commission to be led by Lord Terry Burns.

3. Recognises the significant congestion issues on the M4 network around the Brynglas Tunnels and the impact it has on Newport and the wider economy.

4. Notes the Welsh Government’s commitment to developing and funding sustainable and effective solutions to congestion issues as part of an integrated, multi-modal and low carbon transport system.

Oral Statement: The M4 Corridor around Newport

Written Statement: M4: Next Steps


[If amendment 1 is agreed, amendment 2 will be de-selected] 

Amendment 2 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Delete point 1.


Amendment 3 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Regrets the £114 million of Welsh tax payer’s money that has been wasted on developing the M4 relief road proposals.


Amendment 4 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Further regrets the failure of successive Welsh Labour Governments to deliver a solution to congestion on the M4.


Amendment 5 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to urgently provide clarity as to its future plans for resolving the congestion on the M4 around Newport.


Business type: Debate

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 08/06/2021

Decision due: 12 Jun 2019 by Plenary - Fifth Senedd

Lead member: Rhun ap Iorwerth MS