The Labour Administration said that the decision for building an M4 relief road should be preceded by outgoing first minister Carwyn Jones. Opposing the plans Jenny Rathbone said that he should not “tie the hands” of his successor. For succeeding Mr Jones as the leader of Welsh Labour, Mark Drakeford, Eluned Morgan and Vaughan Gething are competing. According to the Welsh Government, the officials were preparing the recommendation for the ministers. Both of Ms Morgan and Mr Gething support the construction a relief road where Mr Drakeford appears with sceptical thoughts.
Being a supporter of Mark Drakeford, Jenny Rathbone told BBC Wales Live: “I don’t see how he (Carwyn Jones) can tie the hands of his successor with such a major project”.
She added, “I think instead the government should be working hard on how we’re going to bring in better public transport both in the short and the long term. He’s still the first minister until 10 December but I do think it’s very odd that he should take such a major strategic decision which is going to tie up so many aspects of our restricted budgets just when he’s standing down”.
The officials of government are reviewing the report presented by a public probe on the planned relief road. After preparing the recommendation by the officials based on the report the decision will be finalized. Minister has advised that there will be a voting in the assembly.
The proclamation of 2016 Labour’s election made a dedication for building a relief road around the Newport did not state the exact route.
The representative of Welsh Government said: “Welsh Government officials have now received the inspector’s report on the M4 Corridor around Newport project and are in the process of preparing advice for ministers”.