ARGUS COMMENT: Have your say on M4 relief road plans
10:01am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
WE would urge every Argus reader to have their say as the consultation begins on plans for a M4 relief road.
Our position is clear - a new motorway to ease the often horrendous traffic congestion around Newport is absolutely vital for the Gwent and wider South Wales economy.
Whether the money is there to build a new motorway between Magor and Castleton is still in doubt as the Welsh Government waits to see whether Westminster will allow it to have borrowing powers.
However, the signs are good given the statements Chancellor George Osborne made earlier this year.
There is still much to be debated about the proposed new route for the M4, which would see the current motorway stretch around Newport downgraded to A-road status.
The planned three-lane motorway goes through parts of the Gwent Levels designated as a site of special scientific interest.
We know many people will be against the plans but we suspect the majority will be in favour of a solution to the current traffic problems that all too often cause gridlock in and around Newport.
Exhibitions start next month in Newport, Magor and Castleton as part of a consultation that continues until mid-December.
It is important that everyone with a view on this scheme takes the time and trouble to have their say.
This plan has been decades in the making. It is vital it has public backing.
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