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M4 relief road: '£1bn piece of tarmac' not priority FSB says

Concerns have been raised about the amount of money earmarked for a M4 relief road around Newport.

Iestyn Davies of the Federation of Small Businesses said "a £1bn piece of tarmac for around 13 miles" was not a priority for small businesses.

While he agreed the road around Newport was a "bottleneck", he said the money could be better spent elsewhere to support skills or improve transport across Wales.

Mr Davies was speaking after the organisation representing Wales' biggest employers - CBI Wales - called for reassurances that the project would go ahead.

CBI Wales representatives spoke out after it was announced the minister in charge, Edwina Hart, will stand down at next May's assembly elections.

  • 23 Jun 2015