£45m to £830m: M4 relief options outlined

LOCAL residents were invited to find out more about proposals to tackle traffic congestion on the M4 at a drop-in exhibition yesterday.

The exhibition, held at Brynglas House, was part of a 13-week public consultation on proposed changes to improve traffic flow on the motorway between Castleton and Magor.

Suggestions include four major highways projects, investment in public transport, junction improvements and the promotion of alternative routes.

The proposed four major highway projects include a new dual carriageway to the south of Newport to relieve traffic on the M4 costing £830 million.

The second option is improvements to the Southern Distributor Road (SDR) with improvements to roundabouts and signal controls at all junctions costing an estimated £45million, while the third option is separated junction improvements on the SDR, costing £300million which could include the development of a flyover.

The final option is to widen the M4 between junctions 24 and 29 to create a four-lane motorway in each direction plus building an additional tunnel at Brynglas which would cost £550 million.

Visitors to the exhibition could view wall displays explaining the proposals and ask questions.

Questionnaires were also handed out for people to express their views.

Other exhibitions have been held across the area over the past month as well as workshops.

Current ward councillors for the Shaftesbury ward, Bob Poole and Paul Cockeram were at the exhibition yesterday.

They said: "Something has got to be done about the M4. We cannot ignore that.

"But we must stress this is the very first stage of consultation. If people have other ideas or views we would urge them to write to the Welsh Government."

The next drop-in exhibition will be held at Newport Centre on Tuesday from 12pm until 7pm.

The public consultation ends on June 6.

For more information on the proposals visit www.m4cem.com or www.wales.gov.uk/consultations

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7:45am Mon 16 Apr 12

ExNewport says...

This is just crazy - why don't they just bite the bullet and build a new motorway south of Newport as originally planned?
This is just crazy - why don't they just bite the bullet and build a new motorway south of Newport as originally planned? ExNewport

8:21am Mon 16 Apr 12

Owain Vaughan says...

Agreed. These half measures will do nothing to solve the actual problem. Improvements to the SDR would be welcome for Newport residents but that in itself is not a solution to M4 congestion!
Agreed. These half measures will do nothing to solve the actual problem. Improvements to the SDR would be welcome for Newport residents but that in itself is not a solution to M4 congestion! Owain Vaughan

8:32am Mon 16 Apr 12

Bobevans says...

The increasing of the lanes on the M4 through Newport seems to be the lowest cost viable scheme. It probably neend to be linked to closing of some of the current junctions such as J27. It also needs major improvements to J28 and the opening of the road through the steelworks
The increasing of the lanes on the M4 through Newport seems to be the lowest cost viable scheme. It probably neend to be linked to closing of some of the current junctions such as J27. It also needs major improvements to J28 and the opening of the road through the steelworks Bobevans

10:30am Mon 16 Apr 12

Dee-Gee says...

Lowest cost doesn't mean best value. An extra lane isn't going to cut it, especially if it means losing a junction in the process. The problem deserves massive investment, not cheap tinkering around the edges.
Lowest cost doesn't mean best value. An extra lane isn't going to cut it, especially if it means losing a junction in the process. The problem deserves massive investment, not cheap tinkering around the edges. Dee-Gee

10:37am Mon 16 Apr 12

Owain Vaughan says...

Exactly. Adding more lanes to the existing road will do nothing to create redundancy in the system. If the (newly-widened) M4 is closed, it's still closed and there is nowhere else for traffic to go. Closing junctions is counter productive as it just forces congestion onto city streets, which is what the bypass was designed to remove!
Exactly. Adding more lanes to the existing road will do nothing to create redundancy in the system. If the (newly-widened) M4 is closed, it's still closed and there is nowhere else for traffic to go. Closing junctions is counter productive as it just forces congestion onto city streets, which is what the bypass was designed to remove! Owain Vaughan

8:11am Tue 17 Apr 12

Bobevans says...

A number of posters here seem to not understand what a motoway is. It is not a bypass.

Many of the current junctions on the M4 around Newport do not meet current standards they are also far closer together then modern motoway standards dictate so it is essential that some of the junctions are closed particularly as it will become a 4 lane motorway.

Local traffic will be provided by improvements to the SDR and the reopening of the road through the steelworks
A number of posters here seem to not understand what a motoway is. It is not a bypass. Many of the current junctions on the M4 around Newport do not meet current standards they are also far closer together then modern motoway standards dictate so it is essential that some of the junctions are closed particularly as it will become a 4 lane motorway. Local traffic will be provided by improvements to the SDR and the reopening of the road through the steelworks Bobevans

5:13pm Wed 18 Apr 12

Radio Wales says...

Like it or not, the M4 is a by-pass.
just widening it will extend the misery of roadworks and congestion for a decade or more. The SDR should be Newport's by-pass and be an alternative route for when the M4 is closed while they build a new M-way to the south, else we'll be here again in 20 years.
Like it or not, the M4 is a by-pass. just widening it will extend the misery of roadworks and congestion for a decade or more. The SDR should be Newport's by-pass and be an alternative route for when the M4 is closed while they build a new M-way to the south, else we'll be here again in 20 years. Radio Wales

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