M4 corridor rejected by Wales First Minister
Four areas of ancient woodland have been saved, plus the Gwent Levels SSSI
The Welsh Government will not build the £1.4bn M4 relief road, First Minister Mark Drakeford has decided.
Mr Drakeford has axed the scheme because of its cost and impact on the environment.
The project would have seen a motorway built south of Newport to tackle congestion at the Brynglas tunnels.
Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said it was a "dark day" but Friends of the Earth said it was "great news for Wales and the planet".
Mr Drakeford's decision to scrap the six-lane scheme follows a public inquiry overseen by planning inspector Bill Wadrup, who said the case for the road had been "compelling".
Mr Cairns added: "It appears that the first minister thinks he knows better than the independent inquiry."
It is the third time Welsh ministers have shelved plans for the M4 relief road, and breaks a Welsh Labour manifesto pledge from 2016.
The Woodland Trust said "The road would have devastated key habitats and wildlife that lives there."