Live updates

Public meeting to be held on M4 junction closure

Residents and local businesses are due to attend a public meeting later to discuss continuing concerns over the trial closure of Junction 41, Port Talbot.

The junction has been closed during peak times in an attempt to improve traffic flow Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The meeting comes as the trial closure period draws to an end, but a decision as to whether it will re-open is yet to be made.

The westbound slip road has now been closed during peak times since August of last year in an effort to ease traffic problems.

Local businesses say they've seen a drop in trade, with the town centre regularly descending into traffic chaos.

The meeting will be held from 6pm at the Princess Royal Theatre.

Advertisement

  1. Nick Powell

Support for new motorway tested in Senedd vote

There's no agreement on the best solution to congestion on the M4 around Newport Credit: PA

Conservative AMs will force a vote in the Senedd today on whether there should be a review of the Welsh Government's plan to build a new motorway south of Newport to relieve pressure on the existing M4.

The £1 billion project is highly controversial, both because of its cost and because of the environmental impact on the Gwent Levels wetlands. Some business groups prefer the idea of upgrading the existing Southern Distributor Road to a motorway, arguing that it would be a cheaper and quicker solution.

That's angered residents who live near the distributor road who fear the noise and pollution that might be caused by a motorway. Now the Conservatives' transport spokesman, Byron Davies, says he's not convinced that a full motorway is required and that more modest improvements might be enough to relieve pressure on the M4.

It doesn't have to be a motorway.

– Shadow Transport Minister Byron Davies AM

That's roughly in line with what the Liberal Democrats have been arguing, while Plaid Cymru oppose spending such a major part of the transport budget on just one road scheme.

There's also been opposition from some Labour AMs, including two former ministers. So it would appear that most Assembly Members at least have doubts about the project. The Welsh Government has already conceded that construction work won't get the go-ahead before the 2016 Assembly election.

Advertisement

Load more updates