Welsh Labour Government writes off £43m of M4 ‘road to nowhere’ costs

The Welsh Labour-led Government has announced it is writing off some £43.1 million of the costs it incurred following the decision not to proceed with the M4 corridor around Newport scheme – dubbed “the Road to Nowhere”. 

Mr George, the Shadow Minister for Economy, Business, and Infrastructure said:

“This is an acute embarrassment for the Welsh Labour-led Government, and an insult to hard-working taxpayers who have seen their money written off in such a cavalier manner.

“The Minister’s Government has dithered and left communities in South East Wales without a solution to its congestion and in the meantime wasted millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money. 

“The explanation by the Minister is insufficient, requires far greater detail, and – frankly – also needs an apology to the Welsh people and businesses struggling to get the economy here working again.”

Matt Smith is a Conservative who stood for Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales. He was a policy analyst at Vote Leave. He has written about Welsh politics for The Daily TelegraphConhomeBrexitCentralCAPX, Institute of Welsh Affairs, and GlobalVisionUK. You can read more about Welsh politics at www.mattsmith.org.uk/news