Opportunity lost

SOUTH East Wales AM William Graham says that he has been campaigning for the M4 relief road for over 25 years (Argus Dec 12) and in the Dec 14 edition, Newport Councillor Bob Poole is quoted as saying that upgrading the Southern Distributor Road was a crazy idea. But when the SDR was still in the planning stages did either of them suggest that it should be built to a high standard, comparable say to the Cardiff Peripheral road (as yet unfinished) If not why not?

I make no apologies for harping on, if the SDR had been built to a better standard in the first place, linking as it does the Coldra and Tredegar Park motorway junctions we wouldn’t be having these constant arguments about how to resolve the traffic congestion on the M4 around Newport.

A Greenhalgh Ross Street Newport

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1:38pm Fri 20 Dec 13

landyman3030 says...

The original SDR plans submitted did not show all the roundabouts that we have and was suppose to be designed as a free flow route to act as a ring road around Newport. By the time the road was built as it is it was already not enough. Look at Spytty as one section. Totally impassable around KFC roundabout with just extra traffic shopping since M & S opened. Then Magor access was opened and it everything seizes up regularly. That's with normal traffic levels, not Christmas shoppers or motorway diversions. That's without the thousands of houses that are being built at Glan Llyn and Llanwern. That's without the biggest traveller site in the country being built. Mathematically it's an astounding achievement. Only the Welsh Office and Newport Council can make three go into two( lanes at the roundabouts) with no remainder
The original SDR plans submitted did not show all the roundabouts that we have and was suppose to be designed as a free flow route to act as a ring road around Newport. By the time the road was built as it is it was already not enough. Look at Spytty as one section. Totally impassable around KFC roundabout with just extra traffic shopping since M & S opened. Then Magor access was opened and it everything seizes up regularly. That's with normal traffic levels, not Christmas shoppers or motorway diversions. That's without the thousands of houses that are being built at Glan Llyn and Llanwern. That's without the biggest traveller site in the country being built. Mathematically it's an astounding achievement. Only the Welsh Office and Newport Council can make three go into two( lanes at the roundabouts) with no remainder landyman3030

2:01pm Sun 29 Dec 13

keithbob says...

this road matches our ridicolous three lane going into two on the m4 brynglas tunnel section.and we wonder why we get major traffic problems daily!
this road matches our ridicolous three lane going into two on the m4 brynglas tunnel section.and we wonder why we get major traffic problems daily! keithbob

6:58pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Mervyn James says...

More roads equal more cars equal more congestion,you know where the real answer is.... less cars, NOT, more roads. Free public transport may be a necessity. If only they would go where the passengers want to go at the times they need.... the sunday drivers have no place on the road anyway. The school run a shop expedition once a week, you don't need a car for that.
More roads equal more cars equal more congestion,you know where the real answer is.... less cars, NOT, more roads. Free public transport may be a necessity. If only they would go where the passengers want to go at the times they need.... the sunday drivers have no place on the road anyway. The school run a shop expedition once a week, you don't need a car for that. Mervyn James

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