South East Wales Transport Commission publishes update and early recommendations
The South East Wales Transport Commission yesterday (17 December) published a report, providing an update on its work and recommending a small number of ‘fast-track’ measures for easing congestion on the M4.
The Commission was established by the Minister for Economy and Transport following the decision by the First Minister of Wales not to proceed with the M4 Relief Road.
The Commission’s progress update includes ‘fast-track’ recommendations to Welsh Ministers to:
- introduce an average speed control of 50mph around junction 24 to 28 of the M4 (replacing the existing variable speed limit over the same extents)
- provide additional lane guidance on the M4 westbound approach to the Brynglas tunnels and use bollards to prevent late lane changes
- enhance traffic officer support on the M4 and extend patrols to the A48 and A4810 in Newport.
Beyond this, the Commission is considering solutions to improve the transport network across South East Wales. The focus of future recommendations will be much broader than the initial ‘fast-track’ recommendations relating to the M4, and will include alternative transport modes.
Lord Burns, Chair of the South East Wales Transport Commission, said:
I wholeheartedly recognise the scale and importance of the task to improve acute transport issues within the region.
Our aim as a Commission is to recommend a set of measures which will improve transport in a sustainable way that supports the wider well-being of people who live, work and travel in South East Wales.
The recommendations in this initial report are measures that can be swiftly implemented. I believe they will have a modest but noticeable effect on alleviating congestion on the M4.
Our longer-term recommendations will encompass a much wider set of measures, relating to bus, rail, active travel, road improvement, governance and wider policies.
Latest News from
Enjoy Wales safely07/08/2020 14:05:00
As we approach the first weekend since indoor hospitality is open and with good weather forecast the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Dafydd Elis Thomas is reminding residents and visitors alike to enjoy what Wales has to offer safely.
Gyms and swimming pools to reopen07/08/2020 11:20:00
Swimming pools, indoor fitness studios, gyms and leisure centres will be able to re-open from Monday, First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed today (Friday 7 August).
“We have to take action now” – Minister launches Welsh Government’s Clean Air Plan for Wales to improve air quality06/08/2020 16:05:00
The Welsh Government has today (Thursday, August 6) outlined the measures it will take to improve the country’s air quality under its Clean Air Plan for Wales: Healthy Air, Healthy Wales.
First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford and Secretary of State Simon Hart chair Coal Tips Summit06/08/2020 11:05:00
First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford and Secretary of State Simon Hart, recently (04 August 2020) convened the second Coal Tips Summit since the Tylorstown landslip during the February floods this year.
Ministers announce £800m stabilisation package for Welsh NHS06/08/2020 09:05:00
Welsh Ministers yesterday announced a new £800m stabilisation package to help the Welsh NHS to continue to respond to and recover from the impact of the coronavirus crisis.
North Wales and Cross-Border Manufacturing Summit held05/08/2020 16:05:00
A high level summit of leaders in manufacturing focusing on north Wales and the cross border area was yesterday convened by Economy and north Wales Minister Ken Skates.
Relaxation of Discretionary Assistance Fund rules extended05/08/2020 14:05:00
The Welsh Government has agreed to continue the relaxation of the Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) rules until 31 March 2021.
Coronavirus: New measures on when to seek medical advice05/08/2020 11:05:00
The Health Minister Vaughan Gething is urging anyone isolating at home with COVID-19 to contact 111 or their GP if their symptoms don’t improve after seven days or if they experience breathlessness or vomiting, or if fatigue stops them doing their normal daily activities.
Economic Resilience Fund provides critical support to Wrexham-based manufacturer05/08/2020 09:05:00
Welsh Government’s bespoke Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) is providing crucial support to protect jobs at an important employer in Wrexham, Economy and north Wales Minister Ken Skates has announced.