July ’20 CALM Newsletter
Click here to download the July CALM newsletter
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!
CALM RESPONDS TO BURNS REPORT
CALM STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO INTERIM REPORT BY SEWTC
16 JULY 2020
Catherine Linstrum and Rob Hepworth, Joint Chairs of Campaign Against the Levels Motorway (CALM) said on 16 July 2020 :
“ It’s great that the Commission is facing up to the immediate and longer term needs of SE Wales by proposing real improvements to public transport and active travel, and especially the new backbone of a local rail route connecting Cardiff, Newport and Bristol . Exporting the genuine emissions problem in central Newport by destroying the wildlife and beauty of the Gwent Levels was never the right solution. Our own generation and those to come must solve Climate and Biodiversity Emergencies. We need rock-solid, green solutions not a return to outdated road building. Today’s report by Terry Burns’ expert commission is a decisive step in that direction.
“ CALM endorses Burns’ central conclusion that we need a Network of Alternatives to reduce unsustainable single person commuting by car. CALM agrees that the post-Covid period should be used as a “breathing space” to establish this Network. We are reassured that the report envisages that a revitalised commuter rail service will be at the core of an integrated public transport and active travel network, matching car use in reliability and cost and far more sustainable for people and the environment. We support the identification of St Mellons, West Newport, Llanwern and Magor to be 4 of the new stations on the line, with park or walk and ride facilities to allow commuters to walk, cycle or drive to their nearest local stop. We applaud the suggestion of a cycle route linking Cardiff and Newport. These are all things that were suggested by objectors at the public inquiry.
“ The detailed analysis of travel patterns and projections in the report also shows once again why the motorway was the wrong solution. It shows more clearly than ever that congestion results from decades of mistaken policies in which new housing, factories and shops were located to favour car-only transport while buses and trains were sidelined, especially in Newport. The local authorities must cooperate regionally in future to make sure these mistakes are never repeated.
“ We call on Welsh Government to mobilise the investment resources needed, with a task force at Transport for Wales. Scrapping the motorway saved over £2 billion so we can afford the alternatives as a priority now. The new Network of Alternatives should also encourage inward investment to Newport as a healthy and attractive City, re-engineered for the future we all face.
BLACK ROUTE SCRAPPED
We are all delighted with the decision announced today by the First Minister – our response is attached !
Diolch yn fawr/ thank you to everyone who has supported CALM’s campaign !
Please let us know any ideas you may have which CALM can send to the newly-announced Commission on alternative access and mobility options for the M4 Newport corridor.
Latest CALM Newsletter
Here’s our latest news and advice on action you can take to help our Campaign before the Welsh Government’s decision ! Please take a look ……
NEW ! April 2019 CALM newsletter
Click the link below and read our message to First Minister Mark Drakeford AM on the eve of his decision about the M4 proposals
CALM CHAIRS APPEAL TO FIRST MINISTER TO SCRAP THE BLACK ROUTE !
LETTER TO FIRST MINISTER
On 29 March 2019 the CALM co-chairs wrote to Mark Drakeford AM, summarising the strong case against an M4 bypass across the Gwent Levels on cost, environmental and transport grounds. Here is the letter and its annex. If you support what we say please sign our Petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-proposed-m4/and pass on a link to this site on social media.
NEW ! CALM Brief for Newport West By Election
Large crowd expected at #NoNewM4 rally
Speakers include Adam Price, Lee Waters, Amelia Womack and comedian Lorna Pritchard.
Click here to download the document.
Our rally. Outside the Senedd, Cardiff Bay, 12.30pm, Tues 4th December
Tomorrow is the day. We’ll be outside the Assembly at 12.30-1pm, Tuesday 4th December.
Click here to download the PDF