M4 Corridor Investment
SEWTA CALLS FOR M4 CORRIDOR INVESTMENT
Regional Transport Consortium Sewta has called on the UK Government to use the opportunity of the Comprehensive Spending Review to boost the Welsh economy by announcing infrastructure investment to relieve M4 congestion.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, the Chair of the South East Wales Transport Alliance, which co-ordinates transport strategy, plans and programmes for the 10 local councils of South East Wales, said that the UK Budget announced a £3bn increase in capital expenditure on infrastructure, which would commence from 2015/16. He said that no area would benefit more from increased investment than the M4 corridor in South East Wales.
“In the Comprehensive Spending Review announcement tomorrow, there is a golden opportunity to kick start the Welsh economy by tackling the congestion problems of South East Wales, through investment in solutions to the M4 bottleneck.”
Sewta says that proposed enhancements to the M4 corridor around Newport, including proposals for new relief roads, will need to be supported by an improved public transport network. These measures would help to relieve congestion, would reduce dependency on the M4, and would boost economic development. In supporting investment to upgrade the M4 Corridor itself, these measures would help to relieve the motorway of many local journeys, and allow it to cope better with its primary strategic long-distance transport role.