M4 CORRIDOR AROUND NEWPORT

The draft Plan

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The M4 Corridor around Newport Consultation sought your comments on:

 

1. The draft Plan (preferred strategy): A motorway to the South of Newport – The Black Route

    and its Complementary Measures;

 

2. Reasonable alternative to the draft Plan: A dual carriageway to the South of Newport –

    The Red Route and its Complementary Measures;

 

3. Reasonable alternative to the draft Plan: A motorway along an alternative alignment to

    the South of Newport – The Purple Route and its Complementary Measures; and

 

4. The Do Minimum scenario (doing nothing above what is already planned or committed).

The draft Plan (Preferred Strategy): The Black Route and Complementary Measures

 

This preferred strategy comprises the construction of a new 3-lane motorway to the south of Newport, mainly following the protected TR 111 Black Route, between Junctions 23 and 29, including a new crossing of the River Usk south of Newport.  The River Usk is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

 

The TR 111 route to the south of Newport has remained protected for planning purposes since April 2006. The alignment of this proposed new section of motorway has been developed following extensive consultation, investigation and analysis.  The aim is to minimise the impact on the environment, whilst fully meeting current motorway design and safety standards. Minor changes to the alignment of the TR111 protected route could still be made, subject to further investigation, if this option is taken forward. This motorway solution would be delivered as one scheme.

In addition to the new highway infrastructure, there are additional complementary measures that could assist in alleviating travel related problems within the M4 Corridor around Newport. The draft Plan’s complementary measures are as follows:

Complimentary Measure

 

Re-classify existing M4 between

Magor and Castleton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M48 – B4245 Link

 

 

 

 

 

Provide cycle friendly infrastructure

 

 

 

Provide walking friendly infrastructure

 

 

Description

 

Re-classify the existing motorway as a trunk road, which could enable traffic management, safety and revised access measures. These could include modifications to interchanges at Magor and Castleton. Only certain classes of motorised vehicles can use motorways and they should have no traffic signals, intersections or property access. They are free of any ground level crossings with other roads, railways, or pedestrian paths, which are instead carried by overpasses and underpasses across the highway.

 

New single carriageway link between the M48 and B4245. This would potentially provide relief to Junction 23A and to the local road network.  It may also facilitate the introduction of a park and ride facility at Severn Tunnel Junction in the future.

 

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.

 

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 infrastructure.

 

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Reasonable Alternative to the draft Plan: The Red Route and Complementary Measures

 

This option involves the construction of an additional high quality road to the south of Newport, as a dual carriageway solution. The route aims to minimise negative impacts on local communities and the environment. As a dual carriageway on this corridor alignment, the road could be delivered in phases by tying into the existing road network in Newport. Delivery could thus be phased with availability of funding. However, the main benefits would only be realised when the route is complete.

 

This road would require a new crossing of the River Usk, which is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

 

The alignment of the Red Route is further north compared to that of the Black Route and the impact on the Port of Newport operations may be less. However, the alignment would pass through and have significant impact upon the Newport City Council’s Docks Way landfill site. The route runs close to the residential area, Duffryn. There are also on-going and potential further development sites along this route.

In addition, the following complementary measures could assist the Red Route in alleviating travel related problems within the M4 Corridor around Newport:

Complimentary Measure

 

M48 – B4245 Link

 

 

 

 

 

Provide cycle friendly infrastructure

 

 

 

Provide walking friendly infrastructure

 

 

Description

 

New single carriageway link between the M48 and B4245. This would potentially provide relief to Junction 23A and to the local road network.  It may also facilitate the introduction of a park and ride facility at Severn Tunnel Junction in the future.

 

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.

 

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 infrastructure.

 

Reasonable Alternative to the draft Plan: The Purple Route and Complementary Measures

 

In order to fully represent the highway options to the south of Newport, this option comprises a 3-lane motorway along a similar route to that which is proposed for the Red Route (dual 2-lane all-purpose road). A difference between the two routes being the purple route has a more northerly alignment to cross the northern end of the North Dock at the Port of Newport.

 

This new motorway would require a new crossing of the River Usk, which is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

 

The alignment of the Purple Route is such that the impact on the Port of Newport is minimised. However, there could be significant impact upon the Newport City Council’s Docks Way landfill site.

 

The route runs close to the residential area, Duffryn. There are also on-going and potential further development sites along this route.

In addition, the following complementary measures could assist the Purple Route in alleviating travel related problems within the M4 Corridor around Newport:

Complimentary Measure

 

Re-classify existing M4 between

Magor and Castleton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M48 – B4245 Link

 

 

 

 

 

Provide cycle friendly infrastructure

 

 

 

Provide walking friendly infrastructure

 

 

Description

 

Re-classify the existing motorway as a trunk road, which could enable traffic management, safety and revised access measures. These could include modifications to interchanges at Magor and Castleton. Only certain classes of motorised vehicles can use motorways and they should have no traffic signals, intersections or property access. They are free of any ground level crossings with other roads, railways, or pedestrian paths, which are instead carried by overpasses and underpasses across the highway.

 

New single carriageway link between the M48 and B4245. This would potentially provide relief to Junction 23A and to the local road network.  It may also facilitate the introduction of a park and ride facility at Severn Tunnel Junction in the future.

 

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.

 

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 infrastructure.

 

Do Minimum Scenario

 

The Welsh Government is committed to continuing to improve transport in South Wales. Practical measures to make travel safer and easier on the M4 motorway around Newport include replacing sections of steel central barriers with concrete barriers, the introduction of Variable Speed Limit systems and improvements to the roundabout at Junction 24 at Coldra.

 

The Do Minimum scenario means doing nothing above what is already planned or committed. This scenario therefore comprises minimum intervention but in this case does include a number of highway schemes, which are currently committed to be completed between 2020 and 2035 as follows:

 

Welsh Government Schemes:

 

• The recently opened Newport Steelworks Access Road Phases 1 and 2 (the former Llanwern

   Steelworks access road);

 

• Junction 28 roundabout, enlarged signalled gyratory scheme including associated

   improvements to the A467 Bassaleg roundabout and A48 Pont Ebbw; and

 

• A465 Heads of the Valleys Dualling (Gilwern to Hirwaun).

 

Newport City Council Scheme:

 

• Link through Newport Eastern Expansion Areas between Steelworks Access Road and

   A48 SDR (Cot Hill junction, signalised with full movements).

 

 

Alongside these schemes, the Do Minimum scenario also consists of a number of development proposals throughout South East Wales, which are committed through the planning process and are due to be completed at various stages to 2035.

 

The draft Plan and the reasonable alternatives have been assessed against the ‘Do Minimum’ scenario.