Welsh Conservative AMs and MPs today met with industry representatives to discuss the campaign for an M4 relief road to ease congestion and increase capacity on the main artery through South Wales.
Only last Thursday the Brynglas tunnels were closed due to an accident, which brought much of the motorway to a standstill.
Today's meeting - at Magor service station, off the M4 - included representatives from the Freight Transport Association and the Institute of Directors, along with Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb MP, Monmouthshire MP David Davies, Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns, South Wales West AM and Shadow Minister for Transport Byron Davies, Monmouthsire AM and Shadow Minister for Business Nick Ramsay, and South Wales East AM Mohammad Asghar.
Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport, said: “The M4 plays a key role in the Welsh economy and this event was another opportunity to highlight just how important a relief road is for the country.
“Welsh Conservatives have been pressing this case at the highest levels of government for many months.
“Only last week I met the Secretary of State for Wales, who acknowledged the fact that this issue needs urgent attention.”
Monmouth MP David Davies and chair of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee said: “I was delighted that politicians and business representatives were able to get together to discuss the importance of road improvements in South East Wales.
“There was a clear feeling that the high tolls on the Severn bridges represent a tax on business investment in the area and also that the M4 has now become so congested, the time has come for a decision to be taken about improvements and a possible relief road.
“I believe the need for large scale investment in the road network would pay for itself in terms of increased jobs and economic growth.
“The Wales Office Minister, Stephen Crabb MP, came to Magor to hear these concerns in person and it’s clear he went away knowing full well how strongly people feel about this important issue.”