Brynglas M4 tunnels plan ‘badly thought out’ - Green leader

South Wales Argus: CONGESTION PROBLEM: The M4 Brynglas Tunnels in Newport CONGESTION PROBLEM: The M4 Brynglas Tunnels in Newport

GREEN Party in Wales leader Pippa Bartolotti has dubbed proposals for extra tunnels at Brynglas to tackle congestion on the M4 in Newport as ‘a badly thought out scheme’.

Ms Bartolotti, who lives in Malpas, accused the Welsh Government of: “As usual, always looking to spend huge amounts of money on a badly thought out scheme.”

The Assembly is consulting on four alternatives to combat the problem of traffic between junctions 24 and 29, one of which would involving drilling a third tunnel at Brynglas as part of widening the carriageway to four lanes in each direction at a cost of £550 million.

Ms Bartolotti claims the motorway is only congested at peak times and said it made no sense to spend millions on a road which only needs different travelling options for two or three hours a day.

She said the Welsh government should be looking at alternatives such as compulsory school buses and better public transport.

She said: “It would be better to spend the money on a network of charging points for electric cars and clear our air of harmful pollution. It would be better still to overhaul our public transport infrastructure and develop a truly sustainable transport system which goes to where people need to be, costs little and runs often.”

Two of the four proposals involve improvements to the Southern Distributor Road and the other is building a new dual carriageway to the south of Newport, for £830 million.

The Welsh government is consulting until July 6 – see wales.gov.uk/consultations

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6:04pm Thu 17 May 12

On the inside says...

Are the Green party ever happy with anything proposed by anyone but them? Ever?
Are the Green party ever happy with anything proposed by anyone but them? Ever? On the inside
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6:48pm Thu 17 May 12

Mike Roland says...

No, probably not. However, in this case Ms Bartolotti makes some very strong points. A modern, environmentally "clean", reliable and well-coordinated public transport network would go a long way in helping to solve many of our road congestion problems.
No, probably not. However, in this case Ms Bartolotti makes some very strong points. A modern, environmentally "clean", reliable and well-coordinated public transport network would go a long way in helping to solve many of our road congestion problems. Mike Roland
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6:50pm Thu 17 May 12

Owain Vaughan says...

But how does a clean public transport system in Newport help Cardiff? If it doesn't the WAG won't do it.
But how does a clean public transport system in Newport help Cardiff? If it doesn't the WAG won't do it. Owain Vaughan
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8:13pm Thu 17 May 12

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

The tunnels at Brynglas cause problems, Solution to the problem by WAG - build more tunnels!
The tunnels at Brynglas cause problems, Solution to the problem by WAG - build more tunnels! lowandhardandinthecorner
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11:46pm Thu 17 May 12

Strider says...

Pippa Bartolotti is spot on, and what about the people who have lived around Malpas all there lives..
Pippa Bartolotti is spot on, and what about the people who have lived around Malpas all there lives.. Strider
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6:39am Fri 18 May 12

Robodad says...

Well said Strider, some of who have lived in Malpas all our lives would love a new tunnel, keep the traffic moving smoothly, it reduces noise, it reduces pollution, it reduces journey times at all times of day and night and it reduces stress for us locals.
Well said Strider, some of who have lived in Malpas all our lives would love a new tunnel, keep the traffic moving smoothly, it reduces noise, it reduces pollution, it reduces journey times at all times of day and night and it reduces stress for us locals. Robodad
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9:16am Fri 18 May 12

Owain Vaughan says...

Yes, of course people in Malpas would love a new tunnel. However those in Crindau whose houses will be demolished are not so happy at the prospect. Luckily there is little to no chance of that going ahead. The WAG will go for the least cost option of a new at-grade dual carriageways or a few flyovers on the SDR.
Yes, of course people in Malpas would love a new tunnel. However those in Crindau whose houses will be demolished are not so happy at the prospect. Luckily there is little to no chance of that going ahead. The WAG will go for the least cost option of a new at-grade dual carriageways or a few flyovers on the SDR. Owain Vaughan
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11:36am Fri 18 May 12

NakedDancer says...

The Crindau residents I saw on TV were pleased their houses would be bought up as there's no chance of them selling them in the current market and pleased about reduced pollution from moving traffic rather than standing traffic.

A lot more people would support the Green Party if they tried to solve problems rather than object to everything.

A motorway South of Newport would be minimal disruption and the best solution for Newport and South Wales but I doubt the WAG will fund it.
The Crindau residents I saw on TV were pleased their houses would be bought up as there's no chance of them selling them in the current market and pleased about reduced pollution from moving traffic rather than standing traffic. A lot more people would support the Green Party if they tried to solve problems rather than object to everything. A motorway South of Newport would be minimal disruption and the best solution for Newport and South Wales but I doubt the WAG will fund it. NakedDancer
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