Living Streets Cymru is pleased with new recommendations for the M4 motorway published today (26 November).
The South East Wales Transport Commission (SEWTC) has proposed that £800m is invested in a 'network of alternatives' designed to give people better public transport and active travel options to reduce car use.
The new recommendations follow First Minister Mark Drakeford’s announcement in 2019 that the M4 relief road plan would be scrapped.
Living Streets Cymru Manager, Rhiannon Hardiman, comments:
“Today’s report highlights the significant opportunity to change how we invest in travel in Wales. The Wales Transport Strategy last week set out how we prioritise public transport and active travel for the future transport network in Wales.
"Long-term investment will help to relieve congestion, improve air quality and benefit people’s health, something which is particularly important as a result of the pandemic.
“We’re glad the report considers providing alternative ways for children and families to travel to school – allowing them to leave the car at home – and School Streets schemes which close nearby roads to cars and allow children to walk or cycle safely to and from school.”
The commission has recommended making walking or cycling the ‘natural choice’ for the first and last mile of public transport journeys, a wider rail network with more stations, and bus and commuter cycle corridors linking Cardiff and Newport. It also proposes more accessible and affordable public transport and ‘direct, high quality pedestrian access’ from stations and bus stops. There should also be clear signage at rail stations and bus stops about the walking options available.
The report highlights the health, well-being and societal benefits associated with walking and cycling and the importance of making the walk to school easier so that parents can commute to work without a car.