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July '20 CALM Newsletter

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A point often overlooked in the M4 campaign...

A point often overlooked in the M4 campaign was that a monstrous new motorway flyover spanning the Usk would mar the wonderful vistas enjoyed and loved by many city residents of Newport. Here is a short video illustrating how glorious the view is. Imagine what it would look like with a concrete flyover dwarfing and obscuring the magnificent Transporter Bridge built in 1906, which everyone was pleased to see re-opened to travellers across the river on 17 July ? Many thanks to the local resident who sent us the video!

Motorway? No way! #NoNewM4

The Welsh Government wants to build a new “Black Route” motorway across the Gwent Levels, to the south of Newport. It would probably cost taxpayers over £2 billion and drive global warming whilst destroying a landscape known for its wildlife, archaeology, tranquillity and beauty.

A new motorway by-pass won’t work. It will encourage more traffic onto the roads, making congestion worse in South Wales’ towns and cities. CALM believes that sustainable transport options and road safety measures should be the sole focus for spending. In September 2018 the Welsh Future Generations Commissioner recommended a package of improvements including an enhanced Metro and easier active travel which would cost far less than £2 billion and bring greater transport benefits than the Black Route. However, if the Welsh Government persists with their ambition to increase road capacity, then Professor Cole’s Blue Route provides a more affordable motorway alternative with far lower impacts.

We can only persuade decision-makers to re-think their plans to build a new motorway across the Gwent Levels with your support.

This road is going to destroy five sites of special scientific interest, these are the jewels in the Welsh crown, that's why they are SSSIs.

- Iolo Williams, naturalist and TV presenter