We need jobs, not new M4 relief road

NO SINGLE incident, such as the lorry fire in the Brynglas tunnel, could justify the expenditure of £830 million on a new road.

There are surely greater priorities for the use of such a sum of money should it ever become available, among which direct investment in local jobs, especially “green” jobs, should be the first consideration.

If more jobs can be provided locally there would be less need for so many people from South Wales to commute to England and that would be by far the best way to deal with congestion.

There is little evidence that simply building more roads automatically creates many new permanent jobs.

The main beneficiaries of the M4/M48 and the two bridges across the Severn have been employers in Bristol and its surroundings and the regional shopping centre at Cribbs Causeway.

The problem of traffic congestion will in any case solve itself within not too many years ñ certainly before 2031.

The ever-rising price of fuel and the continuing reduction of real earnings in the UK will force many commuters out of their cars.

The new road demanded by Newport CC will have been made redundant before it is even built.

Clive Shakesheff, Lewis Way, Chepstow

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3:35pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Owain Vaughan says...

Simple arithmetic proves the folly of this argument: Multiply the average money lost to the economy during each incident by the number of incidents. If this number is larger than £830 million (which it will be for any appreciable amount of time), then the road is necessary.
Simple arithmetic proves the folly of this argument: Multiply the average money lost to the economy during each incident by the number of incidents. If this number is larger than £830 million (which it will be for any appreciable amount of time), then the road is necessary. Owain Vaughan

7:05am Thu 12 Jul 12

Dolieboy says...

Why would anyone invest in Newport when they have traffic problems ?
Why would anyone invest in Newport when they have traffic problems ? Dolieboy

1:54pm Mon 30 Jul 12

Radio Wales says...

>>> NO SINGLE incident, such as the lorry fire in the Brynglas tunnel, could justify the expenditure of £830 million on a new road.
>>> NO SINGLE incident, such as the lorry fire in the Brynglas tunnel, could justify the expenditure of £830 million on a new road. Radio Wales

1:56pm Mon 30 Jul 12

Radio Wales says...

For some reason this didn't make the last post.....
You are right. No single incident is worth it. Have you considered that these 'single events' are happening almost weekly these days?
Have you considered that the majority of the vehicles affected are merely trying to get past Newport and would gladly stay as far away from Newport as possible, given a choice?
Then there is reputation, Newport is busily striving to achieve international record status in traffic mismanagement - which because of opinion similar to yours - has resulted in barely a penny being spent to improve our miserable roads in 50 years because 'It's not worth it'.
For some reason this didn't make the last post..... You are right. No single incident is worth it. Have you considered that these 'single events' are happening almost weekly these days? Have you considered that the majority of the vehicles affected are merely trying to get past Newport and would gladly stay as far away from Newport as possible, given a choice? Then there is reputation, Newport is busily striving to achieve international record status in traffic mismanagement - which because of opinion similar to yours - has resulted in barely a penny being spent to improve our miserable roads in 50 years because 'It's not worth it'. Radio Wales

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