YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM William Graham

M4 – A vulnerable Motorway

M4 Motorway, the sole road transport route across South Wales, is currently too vulnerable to many causes of disruption and chaos.

The junction 28 traffic lights failure demonstrates vulnerability of the M4; resulting tailbacks along the M4 in both directions around Junction 28; together with the miles of gridlocked traffic along the road network feeding the motorway junctions.

The disruption is not only limited to motorway users; to business, commuter and road freight traffic. These tailbacks affect all the roads leading into and out of the City centre, disrupting all users of public transport.

The vulnerability of the M4 is a “foot on the windpipe of economic growth of South Wales”. It is vital that we make necessary enhancements to the M4 around Newport as soon as possible.

I am dismayed by the Welsh Government’s failure ‘step up to the line’ and commit to an M4 Relief Road. It is distracting to keep referring back to modifying the A48 Southern Distributor Road. The 10 roundabouts, 6 sets of traffic lights, 50mph speed limit, together with the fact that whenever it has been necessary to close the M4, it quickly becomes gridlocked; illustrate why this is not an innovative or cost effective alternative, but deeply flawed and dated.

Flooding – Tribute and Lessons

We were fortunate that the flood damage along the River Usk and Wye was not as severe as in other parts of Wales; notably Aberystwyth and along the Ceredigion coastline.

Residents on the Lighthouse Park Estate, on the Wentlooge Levels; together with those in parts of Crindau and Pill were evacuated and Newport Council initiated an emergency plan for a precautionary evacuation of threaten areas of the City to ensure the safety and well being of residents.

We all appreciate the enormous challenges arising from these devastating floods. I am sure you join me in acknowledging the contribution made by all those who worked tirelessly to limit the damage, protect communities and ensure public safety; notably those volunteers and voluntary sector organisations.

I appreciate that tides and on-shore winds produced a tidal surge which augmented flooding on the occasion; but periods of intense rain over long periods of time are becoming a too frequent occurrence.

We need a multi-agency appraisal of this situation and ensure that every aspect of the entire operation to address the threat of flooding is scrutinised and best practices set out for the efficient tackling of future flood conditions.

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4:14pm Tue 21 Jan 14

merlin the silure says...

its not very often that I agree with a politico-BUT yes the present M4 thro Newp is a pain in the proverbial-the sooner we do something the better-forget the ducks and toads on the levels-us-the earners- have a nightmare on the M4 every day
its not very often that I agree with a politico-BUT yes the present M4 thro Newp is a pain in the proverbial-the sooner we do something the better-forget the ducks and toads on the levels-us-the earners- have a nightmare on the M4 every day merlin the silure

5:20pm Tue 21 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

merlin the silure wrote:
its not very often that I agree with a politico-BUT yes the present M4 thro Newp is a pain in the proverbial-the sooner we do something the better-forget the ducks and toads on the levels-us-the earners- have a nightmare on the M4 every day
So catch a train...
[quote][p][bold]merlin the silure[/bold] wrote: its not very often that I agree with a politico-BUT yes the present M4 thro Newp is a pain in the proverbial-the sooner we do something the better-forget the ducks and toads on the levels-us-the earners- have a nightmare on the M4 every day[/p][/quote]So catch a train... GardenVarietyMushroom

11:01pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
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wrote:
merlin the silure wrote:
its not very often that I agree with a politico-BUT yes the present M4 thro Newp is a pain in the proverbial-the sooner we do something the better-forget the ducks and toads on the levels-us-the earners- have a nightmare on the M4 every day
So catch a train...
Answer to it all is it ?
3 crashes today ! not bad for this stretch of m4 around Newport !
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]merlin the silure[/bold] wrote: its not very often that I agree with a politico-BUT yes the present M4 thro Newp is a pain in the proverbial-the sooner we do something the better-forget the ducks and toads on the levels-us-the earners- have a nightmare on the M4 every day[/p][/quote]So catch a train...[/p][/quote]Answer to it all is it ? 3 crashes today ! not bad for this stretch of m4 around Newport ! Jonnytrouble

11:30pm Tue 21 Jan 14

marcus007 says...

since they moved railway freight to the road, the whole south wales m4 stretch has become a nightmare for local commuters. Only a matter of time before catastrophe in the tunnel. a botched version of the sdr is not the answer as well. the sooner newport gets a proper ring road incorporating coldra to tredegar park with sdr the best. We can then perhaps attract more affluence, business and commercial investment to the town centre
since they moved railway freight to the road, the whole south wales m4 stretch has become a nightmare for local commuters. Only a matter of time before catastrophe in the tunnel. a botched version of the sdr is not the answer as well. the sooner newport gets a proper ring road incorporating coldra to tredegar park with sdr the best. We can then perhaps attract more affluence, business and commercial investment to the town centre marcus007

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