The Welsh Government has considered your views on its draft Plan, which outlined its preferred strategy to address transport related problems on the M4 Corridor around Newport.
After taking account of the Environmental Report and the responses to the draft Plan consultation and its associated assessments, the Welsh Government has adopted The Plan for the M4 Corridor around Newport. It consists of:
• A new section of 3-lane motorway between Magor and Castleton to the south of Newport; and
• Complementary measures:
- Reclassification of the existing motorway between Magor and Castleton - as a trunk road could enable traffic management, safety and revised access arrangements;
- A connection between the M4, M48 and B4245 - would provide relief to Junction 23A and to the local road network. It would also provide improved access to proposed park and ride facilities at Severn Tunnel Junction;
- Promoting the use of cycling - as an alternative to the car for journeys of up to three miles by providing new infrastructure or improving existing infrastructure; and
- Promoting the use of walking - as an alternative to the car for journeys of up to three miles by providing new infrastructure or improving existing
Building on the Plan’s proposal for the new section of motorway to the south of Newport, the Welsh Government has decided to modify the 2006 Preferred Route that protects a corridor for planning purposes.
Transport and access to services, homes, work and leisure are issues affecting us all, and we thank everyone who has taken part in the participation process.
A number of assessments have been developed, with your input, to inform the decision making process. These are published alongside the Plan at a strategy level of appraisal.
The Plan for the M4 Corridor around Newport does not include public transport measures because the Welsh Government has commissioned a separate study and report on proposals to develop the Cardiff Capital Region Metro system for South East Wales. The report will focus on how a metro system could support economic growth and regeneration at key locations. The Plan will complement these proposals and the Welsh Government will continue to work to progress an integrated transport system.