We can dramatically improve road congestion around Newport and still protect our precious environment

Posted: December 12, 2013 in Business/Cardiff News, Opinion
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While there is a public consultation exercise going on in regard to the options available for the relief of traffic congestion around Newport, I believe that Professor Cole’s (University of South Wales transport expert) alternative scheme to that of building a six lane motorway right through the heart of Newport Wetlands is a far better  alternative.M4 Newport

As BBC presenter, Iolo Williams explained, the potential damages to wild life, grasslands, much of it unique in Wales, could be disastrous if the new motorway route is accepted. Professor Cole’s scheme or ‘blue route’ makes use of existing roads i.e. upgrading the A48 and also part of the industrial road going through the Llanwern Steelworks. The difference in costs between the new motorway of approximately £936 million and Professor Cole’s scheme of £380 million is significant.

Let’s hope that the Welsh Government considers the views of all parties and makes a decision which is best for Wales and its environment.

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