Welsh big businesses back M4 Relief Road

Welsh big businesses back M4 Relief Road

Welsh big businesses back M4 Relief Road

First published in News

FOUR leading business organisations have written an open letter to the Welsh Government urging the transport minister to “push forward” with plans to build the M4 relief road.

The Institute of Directors (IOD) Wales, the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF), Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Wales and the South Wales Chamber of Commerce have united to send the letter to Edwina Hart AM.

The letter reads: “There is a clear consensus that transport network improvements play a key role in enabling economic prosperity. In Wales, it is the collective view of our four organisations that the project that will deliver best value and greatest impact is the M4 relief road.

“That is why our business organisations have united to send a common message to you as the minister responsible for transport, that there is no time to waste in moving forward with this vital initiative.”

The organisations added that last year’s consultation signalled “fresh hope for progress” and that the momentum of the project should be maintained.

The letter added: “As the main transport artery feeding the South Wales economy, many agree that the M4 around Newport is currently not fit for purpose. First opened in 1967 as a dual two-lane motorway bypass, this stretch of road utilises some of the oldest motorway tunnels in the UK. The road was designed and constructed to standards and traffic flows much lower than today.”

The signatories, Emma Watkins of IOD Wales, Robert Lloyd-Griffiths of EEF Wales, Paul Byard of CBI Wales and Graham Morgan of South Wales Chamber of Commerce, also claim the M4 forms a “vital part” of the Trans-European Transport Network, which connects Welsh businesses and commuters to sources of wealth and opportunity.

The letter adds: “Wales does not need a temporary fix but a sustainable long-term solution that strengthens the Welsh economy and gives business the tools and confidence to grow and invest.

“As Wales’ leading business organisations, we urge the Welsh Government to push forward with this project without delay. Business stands ready to play its part in ensuring the project’s success.”

A decision from Ms Hart is expected over the summer.

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8:49am Wed 16 Jul 14

anigel says...

Much of the time the variable speed limit system can be a major cause of traffic flow issues.

With all the random stretches of road at normal or varying speed limits, even when the road is practically empty, a more cynical person could easily be forgiven for taking the view that the only justification for them to be applied half the time was to raise revenue from the attached speed cameras.
Much of the time the variable speed limit system can be a major cause of traffic flow issues. With all the random stretches of road at normal or varying speed limits, even when the road is practically empty, a more cynical person could easily be forgiven for taking the view that the only justification for them to be applied half the time was to raise revenue from the attached speed cameras. anigel
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4:23pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Good Job No Kids says...

anigel wrote:
Much of the time the variable speed limit system can be a major cause of traffic flow issues.

With all the random stretches of road at normal or varying speed limits, even when the road is practically empty, a more cynical person could easily be forgiven for taking the view that the only justification for them to be applied half the time was to raise revenue from the attached speed cameras.
As there are only cameras on 3 out of a dozen or so gantries, just learn where they are and ignore them. They are clearly visible grey boxes on the back side of the gantries.

As a twice a day traveller through this section for the last 15 years, I can honestly say the variable limits imo have made it worse.

It quietened down for a while during peak recession but is now building again. You cannot resolve a problem of traffic volume by making it travel more slowly.

Everyone other than a handful of eco losers support this project.
[quote][p][bold]anigel[/bold] wrote: Much of the time the variable speed limit system can be a major cause of traffic flow issues. With all the random stretches of road at normal or varying speed limits, even when the road is practically empty, a more cynical person could easily be forgiven for taking the view that the only justification for them to be applied half the time was to raise revenue from the attached speed cameras.[/p][/quote]As there are only cameras on 3 out of a dozen or so gantries, just learn where they are and ignore them. They are clearly visible grey boxes on the back side of the gantries. As a twice a day traveller through this section for the last 15 years, I can honestly say the variable limits imo have made it worse. It quietened down for a while during peak recession but is now building again. You cannot resolve a problem of traffic volume by making it travel more slowly. Everyone other than a handful of eco losers support this project. Good Job No Kids
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12:34am Mon 21 Jul 14

Johnb72 says...

No surprise big business support this as it's all about the money, are they then putting in the Billion to help them out or will our kids be paying this loan off ! And in 2014 destroying the Gwent levels in the process as no alternative! No sorry don't buy it. Engineers put a dam across the Yangtze but nothing can be done to improve or widen the tunnels ! And what's with the handful of Eco losers comment that's just naive at its grandest, you might not appreciate your natural heritage and want to plough it all up but future generations will judge you as the uneducated muppets of the past.
No surprise big business support this as it's all about the money, are they then putting in the Billion to help them out or will our kids be paying this loan off ! And in 2014 destroying the Gwent levels in the process as no alternative! No sorry don't buy it. Engineers put a dam across the Yangtze but nothing can be done to improve or widen the tunnels ! And what's with the handful of Eco losers comment that's just naive at its grandest, you might not appreciate your natural heritage and want to plough it all up but future generations will judge you as the uneducated muppets of the past. Johnb72
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