Guided busway ‘would help M4 chaos’ - Newport Transport boss

BUS SOLUTION: Managing director of Newport Transport Scott Pearson

BUS SOLUTION: Managing director of Newport Transport Scott Pearson

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A NEWPORT Transport boss has suggested a guided busway along the M4 would go some way to help solve traffic problems in South Wales.

Scott Pearson, Newport Transport’s managing director, said “pretty radical” alternatives can be sought to improve public transport as well as the M4.

It comes in the wake of another major traffic snarl-up through Newport last Tuesday morning after two lorries crashed in the Brynglas Tunnels.

Mr Pearson said: “A guided busway would be a vital piece to help the M4.

“As well as thinking about M4, M4, M4, what else can we add to that which will give you good value or keep the costs low to get people from here to Cardiff and back and Swansea and back?”

The Welsh Government is currently considering plans to build a relief road for the M4 through Newport. The plans could cost £1 billion, although an alternative proposed by University of South Wales academic Professor Stuart Cole could cost £380 million.

And Mr Pearson said: “That £1 billion is a lot of money that can potentially be spent much better with other solutions. The minute the M4 goes down, Newport shuts down as well.”

Figures from the Welsh Government show that between 62,000 and 95,000 vehicles use the motorway every day.

Guided buses are contained in one lane and use a dedicated track, excluding all other traffic.

Professor Stuart Cole said he agreed with Mr Pearson’s argument — as long as they were contained within an urban area.

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, which runs from Huntington to Trumpington and is operated by Cambridgeshire County Council, is the longest busway in the world and was opened in April 2011.

It connects St Ives, Huntingdon and Cambridge and was estimated to cost £150 million. That rose to £181 million by December 2010. A court case with the main contractor of the route, BAM Nuttall, further increased costs.

Another busway, the Crawley Fastway, is operated from Gatwick Airport to Crawley in West Sussex.

The Welsh Government’s economy minister Edwina Hart is considering responses to the consultation held on possible plans for the M4, which was completed in December.

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6:18pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

Can't see the relevance of a bus way. We have a good rail link east to west eg Chepstow to Cardiff . We have a relatively new rail link from Ebbw Vale to Cardiff. Plus the older established valley lines. Which work we'll.
What purpose or benefit will a bus way have?
Time for a new relief road. Also time to consider traffic from western valleys to M4 Rogerstone is gridlocked most mornings.
Newport city council have also given outline planning for a 1000 houses on the former Alcan site. We already know we have a bunch of clowns running the circus. But I have to say the officers of the council (particularly planning)
Are eminently qualified to head up the parade!
Can't see the relevance of a bus way. We have a good rail link east to west eg Chepstow to Cardiff . We have a relatively new rail link from Ebbw Vale to Cardiff. Plus the older established valley lines. Which work we'll. What purpose or benefit will a bus way have? Time for a new relief road. Also time to consider traffic from western valleys to M4 Rogerstone is gridlocked most mornings. Newport city council have also given outline planning for a 1000 houses on the former Alcan site. We already know we have a bunch of clowns running the circus. But I have to say the officers of the council (particularly planning) Are eminently qualified to head up the parade! Monmouthshire Merlin
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6:36pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Welshman76 says...

The line from ebbw vale needs to go to newport as well as cardiff. A lot of traffic heading down through rogerstone goes into Newport so by providing a rail link, it may take some of the cars off that route
The line from ebbw vale needs to go to newport as well as cardiff. A lot of traffic heading down through rogerstone goes into Newport so by providing a rail link, it may take some of the cars off that route Welshman76
  • Score: 15

7:21pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Magor says...

Much of the traffic goes over the bridge to England what use is a bus.Just get the new M4 built.
Much of the traffic goes over the bridge to England what use is a bus.Just get the new M4 built. Magor
  • Score: 7

11:14am Wed 29 Jan 14

Dolieboy says...

Where are the buses for those who work shifts in the distribution centres at Magor, Tesco or Wilkinsons ?
Where are the buses for those who work shifts in the distribution centres at Magor, Tesco or Wilkinsons ? Dolieboy
  • Score: 2

11:35am Wed 29 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

Is this guy a total fool. You cannot have a guided busway on a motorway. There are only about 2 buses an hour in any case and Cardiff is well served by train services
Is this guy a total fool. You cannot have a guided busway on a motorway. There are only about 2 buses an hour in any case and Cardiff is well served by train services Bobevans
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12:40pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Welshchief says...

The Cambridge guided bus route was established on the route of an old rail track killed off by Dr. Beeching. It had numerous problems, overran both in cost and time, and gets flooded regularly. Given that the obvious route would be to need to run such via the Gwent Levels, given there is no suitable alternative in and through Newport, this too could be affected by flooding. It was built in Cambridge to aid busses running into the city getting caught up in traffic. The amount of traffic on the M4 would not be reduced greatly by such a route, given the fact that busses from the east and west of the country would still need to enter Newport to pick up passengers. There would be very little use of it by Newport busses apart from those leaving the city for Cardiff, Chepstow, etc. The new M4 would be a much better proposal, however unless there was a junction giving access to the South of Newport, say near the docks, industrial areas, etc, Newport would die even more as most traffic would bypass the city.
The Cambridge guided bus route was established on the route of an old rail track killed off by Dr. Beeching. It had numerous problems, overran both in cost and time, and gets flooded regularly. Given that the obvious route would be to need to run such via the Gwent Levels, given there is no suitable alternative in and through Newport, this too could be affected by flooding. It was built in Cambridge to aid busses running into the city getting caught up in traffic. The amount of traffic on the M4 would not be reduced greatly by such a route, given the fact that busses from the east and west of the country would still need to enter Newport to pick up passengers. There would be very little use of it by Newport busses apart from those leaving the city for Cardiff, Chepstow, etc. The new M4 would be a much better proposal, however unless there was a junction giving access to the South of Newport, say near the docks, industrial areas, etc, Newport would die even more as most traffic would bypass the city. Welshchief
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1:51pm Wed 29 Jan 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

Welshchief wrote:
The Cambridge guided bus route was established on the route of an old rail track killed off by Dr. Beeching. It had numerous problems, overran both in cost and time, and gets flooded regularly. Given that the obvious route would be to need to run such via the Gwent Levels, given there is no suitable alternative in and through Newport, this too could be affected by flooding. It was built in Cambridge to aid busses running into the city getting caught up in traffic. The amount of traffic on the M4 would not be reduced greatly by such a route, given the fact that busses from the east and west of the country would still need to enter Newport to pick up passengers. There would be very little use of it by Newport busses apart from those leaving the city for Cardiff, Chepstow, etc. The new M4 would be a much better proposal, however unless there was a junction giving access to the South of Newport, say near the docks, industrial areas, etc, Newport would die even more as most traffic would bypass the city.
Why would it flood, the only reason for it to flood is having a load of monkeys design it. Like I've said before if they built in flood defenses into the new route by raising up the level of the road then in effect newport and the area which would be contained by the new road would be better protected. There shouldn't be a junction at all if there is ever a relief road, the current M4 should remain and serve as the local route into and around the city and maybe open up the junction onto cearleon from malpas. The relief road should be as such as a relief for not having to travel through the build up of traffic going into newport at peak times. And there is the SDR for the access to the docks etc

But I do not see what reduction there would be in traffic by having these bus routes, didn't we have to repay funding back to the WA for the mess up with the bus routes that were put in before, so I wouldn't give to much attention to anyone that may have had a hand in that decision.
[quote][p][bold]Welshchief[/bold] wrote: The Cambridge guided bus route was established on the route of an old rail track killed off by Dr. Beeching. It had numerous problems, overran both in cost and time, and gets flooded regularly. Given that the obvious route would be to need to run such via the Gwent Levels, given there is no suitable alternative in and through Newport, this too could be affected by flooding. It was built in Cambridge to aid busses running into the city getting caught up in traffic. The amount of traffic on the M4 would not be reduced greatly by such a route, given the fact that busses from the east and west of the country would still need to enter Newport to pick up passengers. There would be very little use of it by Newport busses apart from those leaving the city for Cardiff, Chepstow, etc. The new M4 would be a much better proposal, however unless there was a junction giving access to the South of Newport, say near the docks, industrial areas, etc, Newport would die even more as most traffic would bypass the city.[/p][/quote]Why would it flood, the only reason for it to flood is having a load of monkeys design it. Like I've said before if they built in flood defenses into the new route by raising up the level of the road then in effect newport and the area which would be contained by the new road would be better protected. There shouldn't be a junction at all if there is ever a relief road, the current M4 should remain and serve as the local route into and around the city and maybe open up the junction onto cearleon from malpas. The relief road should be as such as a relief for not having to travel through the build up of traffic going into newport at peak times. And there is the SDR for the access to the docks etc But I do not see what reduction there would be in traffic by having these bus routes, didn't we have to repay funding back to the WA for the mess up with the bus routes that were put in before, so I wouldn't give to much attention to anyone that may have had a hand in that decision. grumpyandopinionated
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