The Welsh government will not spend £1.6bn on a ‘relief’ road – that’s a relief because the plans would have wrecked some irreplaceable Welsh landscape and wildlife-rich habitat on the Gwent Levels.
The expense of the project must have been a major reason for its abandonment but Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, also said he would not have gone ahead even if it was affordable because of the impact on the Gwent Levels. That was a good thing to hear because it sets the bar very high for any attempts to bring the scheme back in future.
Maybe the focus will switch to public transport solutions a bit more now.
Well done to all who campaigned to stop this expensive, damaging development. They certainly include Friends of the Earth and the RSPB but I have been struck by, and impressed by, the campaign run by the Gwent Wildlife Trust. Here is a guest blog from Ian Rappel, the Gwent Wildlife Trust Chief Exec, published here back in March 2017.