Green group backs alternative to Newport M4 relief road

South Wales Argus: Green group backs alternative to Newport M4 relief road Green group backs alternative to Newport M4 relief road

GREEN group CALM (Campaign Against Levels Motorway) have welcomed the findings of a new report which has suggested an environmentally -friendly alternative to the proposed relief motorway.

The Blue Route, jointly published by the Institute for Welsh Affairs and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, proposes an alternative road that would cost £380 million rather than the Welsh Government’s planned £936 million project.

It proposes that a new dual carriageway would be built using the A48 Newport Southern Distributor Road and the former Steelworks Road on the eastern side of the city. The report was prepared by Professor Stuart Cole, a transport expert who has advised Welsh and UK governments.

Professor Cole said: “The Blue Route would deliver what is needed at a much lower cost and with significantly less impact on the environment.”

CALM Chair Tom Clarke agrees. He said: “How will Newport benefit from a new motorway? A six-lane road through this special area will result in the by-passing of local businesses and risks terrible damage to biodiversity, agriculture, recreation and local tourism and may well open the doors to much more built development in this specially protected area.”

CALM have called the report's suggested new route ‘an innovative and cost effective road alternative’.

A spokesman said: “The new proposed route is by far the least environmentally damaging of the current new road construction options put forward by the Government.

“CALM urge the Government to consider this alternative route which wouldn’t cost the earth.”

CALM Chair Tom Clarke said: “The Government’s figures suggest the new motorway will cost nearly a billion. We think that it could be potentially much more. We know that Professor Cole’s Blue Route would be at least a third of the cost and far less damaging to the environment and could benefit Newport’s business life.

“Whatever the final price turns out to be, it’s a lot of our money. The equivalent of hundreds of new build primary schools or a year’s salary for tens of thousands of nurses or neachers in towns and villages across Wales. That’s rewards for all parts of Wales and not just the south east."

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on the Motorway proposals. CALM is calling for anyone concerned about the impact of the motorway to respond to the Government consultation. To find out more visit www.savethelevels.org.uk

Take part in the consultation at www.m4newport.com/consultation.html

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:38pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

What does "a new dual carriageway would be built using the A48 Newport Southern Distributor Road and the former Steelworks Road" mean? These things already exist and the SDR is regularly jammed.
What does "a new dual carriageway would be built using the A48 Newport Southern Distributor Road and the former Steelworks Road" mean? These things already exist and the SDR is regularly jammed. Vox Dei

12:57pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Sometimes says...

This report must have been written by someone who has never used this route. There are too many roundabouts and too many traffic lights for the traffic to flow properly. This is the lazy option that will continue to strangle the Welsh economy and will cost more money due to lost time working than the original option of a new M4 Newport bypass.
This report must have been written by someone who has never used this route. There are too many roundabouts and too many traffic lights for the traffic to flow properly. This is the lazy option that will continue to strangle the Welsh economy and will cost more money due to lost time working than the original option of a new M4 Newport bypass. Sometimes

1:58pm Tue 10 Dec 13

William Graham AM says...

Stewart Cole has simply re- iterated the advice he gave to the Plaid Minister in the Assembly to cancel the M4 relief Road. His suggestions are deeply flawed as the former steelworks road is the access to 4000 homes presently being develpoed being developed. Any upgrade of the A48 Southern distributer road risks dividing communites and a route with 10 roundabouts and 6 traffic lights will never be attractive. The Metro Lite rail system is so far in the future that the new route could well be built before the Metro system has any impact. Sadly, another crash today on the M4 produces thwe usual 5 mile congestion - William Graham AM
Stewart Cole has simply re- iterated the advice he gave to the Plaid Minister in the Assembly to cancel the M4 relief Road. His suggestions are deeply flawed as the former steelworks road is the access to 4000 homes presently being develpoed being developed. Any upgrade of the A48 Southern distributer road risks dividing communites and a route with 10 roundabouts and 6 traffic lights will never be attractive. The Metro Lite rail system is so far in the future that the new route could well be built before the Metro system has any impact. Sadly, another crash today on the M4 produces thwe usual 5 mile congestion - William Graham AM William Graham AM

8:10pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Limestonecowboy says...

This environmental argument is confusing. Do the Greens actually think surrounding the city with traffic, SDR one side M4 the other, a viable alternative? Stop start traffic can't be healthy which will happen with traffic lights & roundabouts. The new M4 over the levels will be on stilts wildlife & fauna will adapt while freeing Newport of unnecessary gridlock & fumes.
As a footnote the new M4 is about business not just for Newport but west from Cardiff to Ireland.
This environmental argument is confusing. Do the Greens actually think surrounding the city with traffic, SDR one side M4 the other, a viable alternative? Stop start traffic can't be healthy which will happen with traffic lights & roundabouts. The new M4 over the levels will be on stilts wildlife & fauna will adapt while freeing Newport of unnecessary gridlock & fumes. As a footnote the new M4 is about business not just for Newport but west from Cardiff to Ireland. Limestonecowboy

10:54am Wed 11 Dec 13

NakedDancer says...

The Green groups, with their blanket objections to necessary development, have lost all credibilty and support from rational minded people. If the SDR upgrade was the only option on the table they would no doubt be objecting to that. The objectors to the M4 relief road have their own self publicising agenda and no popular support due to the carnage and economic impacts of the current dangerous M4. There is no alternative to the motorway standard M4 Relief Road. Stop talking - get it built.
The Green groups, with their blanket objections to necessary development, have lost all credibilty and support from rational minded people. If the SDR upgrade was the only option on the table they would no doubt be objecting to that. The objectors to the M4 relief road have their own self publicising agenda and no popular support due to the carnage and economic impacts of the current dangerous M4. There is no alternative to the motorway standard M4 Relief Road. Stop talking - get it built. NakedDancer

12:02pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Jonnytrouble says...

Wish they ( CALM ) would come out of ' the dark ages ' WG just get on with it !
Yes, might save money now but for the future it won't...
I put my bottom dollar these people don' live around here and don't see what goes on with the misery of M4 around Newport like I do
Wish they ( CALM ) would come out of ' the dark ages ' WG just get on with it ! Yes, might save money now but for the future it won't... I put my bottom dollar these people don' live around here and don't see what goes on with the misery of M4 around Newport like I do Jonnytrouble

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree