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Commission publishes early 'fast-track' recommendations to Welsh Ministers

The South East Wales Transport Commission has today (17 December 2019) published a report, providing an update on its work and recommending a small number of ‘fast-track’ measures for easing congestion on the M4.

The Commission’s progress update includes ‘fast-track’ recommendations to Welsh Ministers to:

  • introduce an average speed control of 50mph around junction 24 to 28 of the M4 (replacing the existing variable speed limit over the same extents)
  • provide additional lane guidance on the M4 westbound approach to the Brynglas tunnels and use bollards to prevent late lane changes
  • enhance traffic officer support on the M4 and extend patrols to the A48 and A4810 in Newport.
  • Beyond this, the Commission is considering solutions to improve the transport network across south east Wales. The focus of future recommendations will be much broader than the initial ‘fast-track’ recommendations relating to the M4, and will include alternative transport modes.

    Lord Burns, Chair of the South East Wales Transport Commission, said:

    "I wholeheartedly recognise the scale and importance of the task to improve acute transport issues within the region.Our aim as a Commission is to recommend a set of measures which will improve transport in a sustainable way that supports the wider well-being of people who live, work and travel in south east Wales.The recommendations in this initial report are measures that can be swiftly implemented. I believe they will have a modest but noticeable effect on alleviating congestion on the M4.Our longer-term recommendations will encompass a much wider set of measures, relating to bus, rail, active travel, road improvement, governance and wider policies."For more information contact:

    Posted on 28th January 2020

    by Katie Allister