Why a new motorway?
The Welsh Government is determined to build a new motorway, but it has not yet proved to the people of Wales that the road is needed. CALM believes the road is not needed. We continue to champion clever, sustainable transport options to address congestion and resilience problems on the M4 around Newport. CALM believes that sustainable transport options and road safety measures should be the sole focus for spending, however, if anything additional is to be spent on increasing road capacity and resilience, then Professor Cole’s Blue Route provides a more affordable motorway alternative with far lower impacts.
A billion pound burden
Every penny is vital to kick-starting the Welsh economy again. The planned Relief Road will cost an estimated £1.25 billion – and that’s without factoring in inflation and the inevitable overspend on mega-projects such as this. Around FOUR TIMES the viable alternative option. That’s a lot of your money – well over £400 for every woman, man and child in Wales. Instead let’s do better for Newport and Wales by prioritising practical, cheaper and less damaging solutions.
Making sure we maximise jobs for South East Wales
CALM cannot find ANY evidence that the new road will be a major provider of jobs to Wales. In fact, existing businesses in Newport may be forced to lose jobs. Lets have full details of exactly how many jobs would be created, and their cost per head. We would like the public to decide.
Newport – Wales’ sustainability city
CALM fears the planned new motorway will encourage the world to drive right past Newport’s offer, to get to other, busier business centres. It’s time for a rethink over regional economic development. Let’s turn Newport into Wales’ Sustainability City, where innovation, invention and initiative combine. Newport can lead the way for the nation by supporting local communities, securing smart growth which benefits everyone and valuing the natural environment.
The Gwent Levels – A unique environment under threat
The Gwent Levels are nationally and internationally important. To justify the planned new motorway the Welsh Government is prepared to rip the heart out of the Gwent Levels, rip up its own laudable commitment to sustainable development, and fuel climate change. A motorway through this unique and irreplaceable area will result in damage to biodiversity, agriculture, small businesses, recreation and local tourism, and is likely to open the doors to more development proposals in this specially protected area.