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M4 relief road 'value for money' query by Darren Millar

Millions of pounds worth of property and land along the preferred route for an M4 relief road around Newport is owned by the Welsh government, BBC Wales can reveal.

It has led to concerns that this may have influenced its decision to choose the £1bn "black route".

The Wales Audit Office (WAO) said the Auditor General had received a complaint.

There were three options and a row has broken out about a fourth which did not feature in a consultation.

A relief road has been sought to ease congestion on the M4 in that area which bottlenecks around the Brynglas tunnels.

Chairman of the Assembly's public accounts committee, Conservative AM Darren Millar, has referred the case to the WAO after raising concerns over whether the tax payer is getting value for money.

Mr Millar told BBC Radio Wales that there was a lack of transparency and he wanted the WAO to look at the issue to ensure it was all above board.

  • 11 Nov 2014
  • From the section Wales
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