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Extended period for responses and additional public exhibitions
We have already held three workshops and four exhibitions as part of this Consultation. They aimed to provide you with the opportunity to ask questions about various aspects of the M4 CEM Programme, and to develop your thinking prior to making your own written submission to the Consultation.
Please find an electronic copy of the flyer used to promote the extended consultation date and additional exhibitions. Please feel free to download, display and share this with others.
Following completion of the workshops and exhibitions, the exhibition display boards are available to download along with the transcribed reports from each workshop, and Consultation Document Revision A. This Consultation Document Revision A includes minor amendments to some Figures (as indicated within the document) to show sources of information and correct some minor transcription and spreadsheet errors. These revisions will not have a material effect on this consultation.
From March 6th 2012 you will be able to respond to the M4 CEM Formal Consultation. For a period of 17 weeks, until July 6th, 2012 we hope you will take advantage of one of many different opportunities, including exhibitions and workshops, online and through questionnaires for you to get involved. Your views will help Welsh Government determine a robust strategy to ease the flow on the M4 between Magor and Castleton – and make the transport system work better into the future.You can find a copy of the consultation document and consultation response form either here on www.m4cem.com or www.m4cemconsultation.com (also available in Welsh at www.M4cemymgynghoriad.com).
Workshops and Public Exhibitions
As part of the formal consultation process we are holding a number of workshops and public exhibitions. These will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions about various aspects of the M4 CEM Programme.
The latest communication keeping those interested in identifying and solving traffic related problems in the M4 Corridor, Magor to Castleton, informed of developments.
The Second Deliberative Meeting of the M4 CEM Stakeholder Forum – “The best yet!”
by Allan Pitt and Catrin Ellis Jones
Work has been ongoing all summer to explore different strategic approaches that can be taken to address the transport-related problems arising from increasing demand and out-dated motorway design affecting the M4 between Magor and Castleton.
Watch this space for more details as they emerge!
Ryder Cup - Lessons Learn't Talk - 17th November 2011
The M4 CEM Programme is committed to exploring sustainable solutions to help reduce problems of capacity, resilience and safety on the M4 Corridor between Magor and Castleton. Managing and responding to major events is important to maintaining travel conditions on the highway network when increased volumes of traffic can be expected. Newport recently hosted the Ryder Cup, which has provided an opportunity for the transport community to learn lessons of event management. There is an evening talk ‘Ryder Cup - Lessons Learnt’ to be held on at the Trevithick Building, Cardiff University on Thursday 17 November.
For more information please click here.
Wales leads on UK’s biggest push to cut car use
On 7 September 2011 Wales launched the biggest UK project of its kind to reduce car use and encourage people to make more of their short, local journeys on foot, bike and public transport.
Welsh Minister for Local Government and Communities Carl Sargeant joined charity Sustrans to launch the start of the four-year, £4million Wales-wide project called Personalised Travel Planning (PTP) at Ysgol Melin Gruffydd in Cardiff.
The surge in peak-time car traffic this week resulting from pupils across Wales starting their autumn term (one in five cars on the road at 8.50am on a weekday is doing the school run) demonstrates the need for such a project.
Lee Waters, Sustrans Cymru Director, said; ‘Many pupils are driven from their front doors to the school gates yet the average journey to school for primary aged pupils is just 1.6 miles. This is one example of where, given the right information about alternative ways to travel, more people could leave their cars at home.
‘We’ll work with people at school, work and home, helping them to make changes to their daily travel choices when and where it suits them. If each family replaced one car journey a week with a more sustainable alternative it can make a big difference. Taking this approach in areas of England has shown a reduction in car trips of at least 10%.’
The first phase will see 63,000 households across the city contacted over the next 12 months. The intention is then to roll-out the project to Pontypridd, Barry and Caerphilly. It will then be delivered in other Sustainable Transport Centres in Wales next year.
The financial benefits of a healthier, more active population, reduced congestion and reduced emissions are significant. For instance, the benefits to the country from reduced congestion alone results in savings of around £4 for every £1 invested in PTP - significantly more than traditional transport projects.
Providing a new route from the M4 motorway to the South East of Newport
by Allan Pitt
The Welsh Ministers propose to bring up to public highway standard approximately 4.7km of the existing private dual carriageway, known as Queensway, through the Tata Steel site at Newport. Also to implement improvement works along 2.9km of the existing road from the Tata Steel eastern security gate to Junction 23A of the M4 including the installation of traffic signals at its junction with the B4245.
The First Deliberative Meeting of the M4 CEM Stakeholder Forum – A Power-house of Productivity!
by Allan Pitt and Catrin Ellis Jones
On 27 July 2011 the M4 Corridor Enhancement Measures Programme initiated detailed work with a specially selected group of stakeholders, representing a breadth of interests from the public, private and third sectors in SE Wales.
Thirty four members of the Stakeholder Forum members convened at Tredegar Park, Newport with representatives of Welsh Government and Arup staff to explore over 100 possible solutions to travel related problems associated with travel on and around the M4 between Magor and Castleton.
We are especially grateful to forum members for contributing their time and energy so effectively.
While the unfortunate incident in the Brynglas Tunnels on July 26th , which for several hours caused severe disruption in much of the M4 Corridor, brought into sharp focus the vulnerability of the motorway, forum members did not allow the sensational distraction to side-track their discussions.
Questions of safety, resilience and capacity were all explored, as the forum discussed the long-term importance of finding appropriate solutions to problems caused by the sub-standard design of the M4 between Magor and Castleton, increasing demand for capacity, and the need to enable economic prosperity and growth, while not causing damage to the environment.
The Forum comprises people with both a strategic interest and detailed experience of addressing travel related issues. They represent a vast collective knowledge in all areas being researched to develop solutions: highways infrastructure; road network management; bus, rail and alternative travel modes; smarter choices, policy development and governance to prevent increasing problems arising in the travel network.
The Forum worked hard to examine more than 100 potential schemes that may be part of the strategy for addressing travel related problems in the M4 Corridor : Castleton to Magor. Discussions were lively and productive. Some olde ideas were examined in detail and several new ideas emerged. We are currently assessing and reflecting on all that was discussed and will be posting more information soon about some key themes or messages from the Forum. It was a really great start to our on-going work with the Forum.
The M4 CEM Team will use the results of the Forum’s first meeting to hone the best measures and to create a number of strategic packages of interventions that work together optimally to address the problems of the M4 Corridor, Magor to Castleton. The Forum will meet again in the Autumn of 2011 to deliberate on these packages, prior to formal public consultation planned for December 2011.
The Welsh Government’s M4 Corridor Enhancement Measures: Magor to Castleton team were at the 10th Annual South Wales Chamber Business Season 2011 Exhibition on Wednesday 13th July at Cardiff City Stadium.
With 82 exhibitors and an estimated 700 visitors, more than in previous years, the exhibition is one of the most exciting opportunities to network with businesses and hear directly the pulse of enterprise in South Wales. It certainly was buzzing with energy and purposeful dialogue.
Thank-you to everyone we talked to, for giving us an opportunity to tell you our news. Thank-you too SWCC for organising a super day.
For the Welsh Government it was a great event – endorsing what we have already heard that concerns people about travel related problems on and around the M4 near Newport, and enabling us to let some of the local business community know about the way the programme to find future-proof solutions is being developed.
Visitors to the M4 Corridor Enhancement Measures stand were able to talk to staff about the programme’s aims to address the problems resulting from the ever-increasing demand on the motorway and road network and the out-of-date design of the M4 around Newport. A timeline, mapping programme development was on display, as were examples showing how the results of feedback from people who Welsh Government had talked to between January and March are being used to shape and assess possible solutions. People could also hear about how to stay informed, via our newsletter and website, and how to get involved in shaping decisions that may affect their businesses, their members, employees and customers.
The Welsh Government is really encouraged by the response from the entrepreneurs and business people who visited our stand. One business owner told us that he had followed previous efforts of the Welsh Government to solve the problems that have been a fact of life in the M4 Corridor area between Magor and Castelton for many years. He praised the approach being taken now, of talking and listening to people before making decisions, saying he felt a real opportunity was on offer to help shape a transport strategy that will enable businesses to thrive in Wales for years to come, without neglecting other important environmental and social factors.
Should you be interested, we are keen for you to get involved. Please download M4 CEM newsletter no. 1 "Easing the flow" on the ‘Report & Newsletters’ page, or send us your views via the ‘Contact Us’ page above.
M4 CEM website goes live.