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M4 trial closure costs: the breakdown

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The trial closure came in at the beginning of August and so far has cost the Welsh Government a total of £806,000. Neath Port Talbot Council has also been given a further £500,000 to carry out minor works on to the road network in preparation for the trial.

Here's a breakdown of the costs:

  • studies and design work £190,000
  • preparatory work and installing monitoring equipment - £443,000
  • daily installation and removal of closure - £106,000
  • monitoring effect of trial closure - £67,000.

Initially, both the westbound on-slip and eastbound off-slip at Junction 41 were to close at peak times during the six-month trial, but in May it was confirmed that only the westbound sliproad would be subject to closures.

M4 junction closure: Send us your views

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A sliproad on a stretch of the M4 near Port Talbot is being closed at peak times to try and alleviate traffic congestion.

A Freedom of Information Act request has revealed it's cost £800,000 since the trial started in early August.

Do you think the trial is working or is it causing other problems? Send us your views:

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Emergency Butetown Tunnel closure this weekend

The eastbound route through Cardiff's Butetown Tunnel will be closed for emergency repairs this weekend.

The tunnel will be closed on Sunday 21 September, from the Ferry Road junction to Queensgate Roundabout, between 2am and 12 noon.

A recent inspections identified emergency work that needs doing.

Motorists are advised that all efforts will be made to keep delays to a minimum but are advised that they should consider an alternative route during the closure.

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New lane to be opened on busy M4 intersection

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A new lane on the M4 will be officially opened today by Transport Minister Edwina Hart.

The lane at junction 32 will aim to improve traffic flow and safety on the busy intersection of the M4 in Cardiff.

A new dedicated lane for the A470 northbound at M4 junction 32 westbound, has been built in the hope of improving congestion around the Welsh capital and south Wales.

A dedicated lane for the A4232 southbound at M4 junction 33 westbound is under construction.

This is a very busy part of the road network in Cardiff which provides important economic links for south east Wales. The new lanes will greatly ease congestion at these two busy intersections, improving journey times and safety.

The Welsh Government is investing in the road network throughout Wales to improve access to jobs and services and strengthen our economy.

– Edwina Hart AM, Transport Minister

Update: Two men killed after car collides with wall

South Wales Police is appealing for information after two men died after their car left the road and collided with a wall in Briton Ferry in the early hours of this morning.

The incident happened at around 4am when the black Ford Focus left the A48 in Baglan and collided with a wall on Old Road.

The two men, believe to be the only occupants of the vehicle at the time, died as a result of the collision.

Emergency services arrived at the scene of the crash after it was reported by a member of the public, but both men were pronounced dead on arrival.

The incident has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission following reports of suspicious behaviour before the crash.

Officers investigating the incident would like to speak to anybody who may have seen the black Ford Focus prior to the collision as it travelled eastbound, from the direction of Ammanford, along the M4, and then as it travelled along Briton Ferry bridge.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

National charity bus campaign arrives in Cardiff

A bright yellow bus will be stationed in Cardiff this weekend as part of a national campaign to fit audio-visual (AV) technology on all buses.

The Charity ‘Guide Dog’ who developed the campaign say the talking buses will help passengers with sight loss travel more independently and confidently.

The bus will be on Queen Street this weekend. Credit: Matthew Horwood

Research has shown that 65 per cent of blind or partially sighted bus passengers in Wales have missed their stop in the last six months. The AV technology would let passengers know the destination of the bus and announce the next stop.

When using the bus I have to concentrate all the time, for example on my journey home I know I am waiting for two right angled turns and then down a hill. However I have once got off a bus too soon because I was worried I was going to miss my stop and then I didn't know where I was.

– Jane McCann, a guide dog owner

Two people freed from car after Port Talbot crash

The incident happened at around 4:00am this morning.

Emergency services were called to Briton Ferry in Port Talbot in the early hours of this morning after a crash involving one vehicle.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue were called to Old Road and had to cut two casualties from the car after it left the road.

The road had been closed both ways earlier this morning for investigations to take place but has since been re-opened. Recovery work is now underway to remove the vehicle from the road.

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