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7th August 2013

Participation Report added

19th November 2012

Equality and Health Impact Assessments added

5th November 2012

Environmental and
Habitats reports added

8th May 2012

Extended period for responses and additional public exhibitions

19th April 2012

Exhibition boards and documents available

6th March 2012

Consultation Launch

Now available

M4 CEM Newsletter no.2

28th Feb 2012

Consultation website
goes live

28th Nov 2011

The Second Deliberative Meeting of the M4 CEM Stakeholder Forum

14th Nov 2011

Ryder Cup -
Lessons
Learn't Talk

25th Oct 2011

Wales leads on UK's
biggest push to
cut car use

26th Sept 2011

Providing a new route
from the M4 motorway
to the South East
of Newport

26th Sept 2011

Drop-in exhibitions
report (English version)
added



 
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News & Events

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.

Several people who attended the exhibitions held in March - April, especially at Brynglas House and at the Newport Centre informed us that our efforts to publicise the Consultation and associated exhibitions in Newport Matters had not been successful. In response to these comments we have organised three more public exhibitions, open to all as listed below. We will continue to promote the Consultation and in recognition of the difficulties some people have experienced we have extended the period for responses from 6th June to 6th July 2012:

Date

Time

Location

Venue

Exhibitions

Friday 11th May

Noon-7pm

Brynglas

Brynglas House
NP20 5QU

Tuesday 15th May

Noon-7pm

Magor

Ebenezer Baptist Church
NP26 3HY

Thursday 17th May

Noon-7pm

Newport

The Newport Centre
NP20 1UH



 

 

 

 

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.

 

19/04/2012

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.

 

Consultation Launch

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.

Date

Time

Location

Venue

Workshops

Tuesday 13th March

10am-3pm

Newport

Tredegar House
NP10 8YW

Thursday 15th March

10am-3pm

Cardiff

The Urdd Hall
CF10 5AL

Tuesday 20th March

10am-3pm

Swansea

Guildhall
Lord Mayor’s Reception
SA1 4PE

 

 

 

 

 

The workshops are open to all, but spaces will be limited and advance booking required. So, please book early by contacting: m4cem@arup.com or call 02920473727.

Date

Time

Location

Venue

Exhibitions

Wednesday 28th March

Noon-7pm

Liswerry

Coleg Gwent Newport City Campus
NP19 4TS

Thursday 29th March

Noon-7pm

Magor

Ebenezer Baptist Church
NP26 3HY

Friday 13th April

Noon-7pm

Brynglas

Brynglas House
NP20 5QU

Tuesday 17th April

Noon-7pm

Newport

The Newport Centre
NP20 1UH



 

 

 

 

 

The exhibitions are open between the times indicated and are intended for you to drop-in at your convenience. Staff will be on hand to answer questions, and talk you through the opportunities available for expressing you opinion on the proposals presented.

 

28/02/2012

The latest communication keeping those interested in identifying and solving traffic related problems in the M4 Corridor, Magor to Castleton, informed of developments.



M4 CEM newsletter no. 2 "Easing the flow"

English version (PDF - 621 KB)

Welsh version (PDF - 657 KB)

   
   

28/02/2012

Consultation website goes live
In readiness, to ensure interested parties are geared up to participate in the consultation, the consultation website goes live at www.m4cemconsultation.com (also available in Welsh at www.M4cemymgynghoriad.com). At this time you can register to participate in the formal consultation and will be contacted by email on March 6th when the consultation opens to responses.

 

28/11/2011

The Second Deliberative Meeting of the M4 CEM Stakeholder Forum – “The best yet!”

by Allan Pitt and Catrin Ellis Jones

Second Deliberative MeetingWork 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.

An important stage in the development of the M4 Corridor Enhancement Measures Programme was delivered with real success on 15 November 2011, namely the second meeting of the Stakeholder Forum.

The Stakeholder 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. We are especially grateful to forum members for contributing their time and energy so effectively.

At their first deliberative meeting, the Forum explored a long list of possible solutions to the problems of the M4 Corridor, Magor to Castleton, and agreed the proposal put by the project team to create strategic packages of interventions that work together optimally to address resilience, safety and capacity issues, and enable sustainable development. So, at this meeting, having received detailed briefing papers in advance, the Forum reconvened to look in detail at these packages.

In lively and productive plenary and workshop sessions, the forum discussed the options and identified a list of issues, which were grouped and explored in more detail in smaller working groups.

Among the issues raised and discussed at the meeting were the need to look in considerable detail at local travel and access issues, to re-examine how increasing the capacity, convenience and reliability of local and strategic public transport options can ease the flow on the M4. There was also considerable discussion of how to communicate both the current challenges – enabling people to understand where the pressure points in the system are now – as well as forecast the effectiveness of committed and proposed interventions to address today’s challenges as well as the challenges posed by continual traffic growth. Insights were also offered by the forum into the way in which packages of measures should be appraised, for example putting greater value of ecosystems services, and recognising the disruption to protected areas, even if effective mitigation can be delivered.

In terms of engagement, decision making and delivery of the project, the Forum also gave clear messages: continue to involve as widely as possible, enable as much of the evidence base as possible to be seen and understood by stakeholders and people who will be affected by the plans, once they are implemented; make decisions in a timely manner, don’t allow the problems to continue to worsen for too long.

The M4 CEM project team were both tested and supported by the valuable input of the Forum, and as a result are now able to refine the options and improve the information to be presented for consideration by all during the Formal Consultation, coming early next year.

Watch this space for more details as they emerge!

 

14/11/2011

Ryder Cup - Lessons Learn't Talk - 17th November 2011

by Allan Pitt

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.

 

25/10/2011

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Wales leads on UK’s biggest push to cut car use

by Allan Pitt

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. 

To find out more about the work of Sustrans Cymru, including the consultation on cycle network ‘mass actions’, visit www.sustrans.org.uk./wales or http://www.keepingcardiffmoving.co.uk.

 

26/09/2011

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 Steelworks Access Road Phase 2 (SAR Phase 2)  is an element of the M4 Corridor Enhancement Measures Programme – envisaged to be developed early on, in line with some of the improvements to safety and efficiency implemented on the M4 between Magor and Castleton itself, including new safety barriers for example. These early elements of the M4 CEM are regarded by WG and statutory consultees as “quick wins”, improving public access without the need for major new infrastructure development. The SAR Phase 2 project requires an environmental impact assessment due to its scale and proximity to sensitive areas. The document available to download here is the Non Technical Summary (NTS) of the Environmental Statement (ES) and accompanying plan of the scheme, issued in accordance with EC Directives. Details are given in the NTS of where you can view the ES or purchase a copy.

The document contains an introduction, a summary Environmental Statement, a description of the existing situation and explains the need for the project. Details are given describing the proposed project and  the alternatives considered during the development phase of the work. It then describes the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment. Finally there is a section explaining how you can find out more information and informing you who to write to with any comments you might wish to make. It also indicates the procedures to be followed by the Welsh Ministers in response to any representations made concerning the ES.

The closing date for the submission of comments is the 6th October.

A copy of the ES and further information can be found on the Welsh Government website at:

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/transport/roads/schemes/statement/m4corr/?lang=en&ts=3

 

28/07/2011

The First Deliberative Meeting of the M4 CEM Stakeholder Forum – A Power-house of Productivity!

by Allan Pitt and Catrin Ellis Jones

Forum MembersOn 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.
While many Forum members are from organisations including Local Authorities, and different divisions of the Welsh Government, as government sponsored bodies such as Environment Agency Wales, transport bodies and business groupings, the Forum primarily makes use of individuals’ perspectives and expertise. This means that the M4 CEM team benefit from a very direct and open relationship with Forum members, and benefit from:

  • Input from a great breadth of interests in and affected by travel related issues, while solutions are being shaped;
  • In-depth thinking across a wide spectrum of  knowledge and experience that we can go back to to test possibilities with, during the problem-solving process; and
  • Access to the reactions, feedback and ideas from a much wider group of people : the colleagues and members, and friends of the Forum!

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.

 

15/07/2011

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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.

 

12/07/2011

M4 CEM newsletter no. 1 issued.


09/07/2011

M4 CEM website goes live.

 

 
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