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Port Talbot traders continue fight against M4 closures

By SWEPGRoberts  |  Posted: February 02, 2014

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BUSINESSES in Port Talbot say they will fight tooth and nail to prevent M4 junction closures.

They are making a plea to Business Minister Edwina Hart.

The Welsh Government is looking at ways to reduce the risk of accidents and help ease pressure on the motorway between junction 38 and 42. Previously it was revealed that options considered could be the partial or full closure of junctions 40 and 41 and the installation of an average speed camera.

Members of Port Talbot Chamber of Trade plan to do all they can to prevent the closures. Vice-president, Steve Redmore, said they have received support from Neath Port Talbot council leader Ali Thomas and Aberavon AM David Rees.

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“It is early days at the minute, but the bottom line is it is Edwina Hart’s decision,” he said.

“We need to keep our minds focused and we are in the process of writing a letter voicing our concerns.We are going to drive this as hard as we possibly can.”

Chamber president Steve Garvey said: “It is raising its ugly head time and time again. We are going to tell them we are prepared to fight tooth and nail.”

In a previous statement, a Welsh Government spokeswoman said: “We are currently considering the options and assessing the impact of these on the motorway and the local road network.”

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  • pennygwin  |  February 03 2014, 5:41PM

    Which is more important trade or peoples lives. I think people should come first and the traders become better in attracting people to the town by reducing prices. people would then make the effort to visit the town. Has the chamber of trade got any credibility after the fiasco in Neath. I live in port Talbot but shop anywhere other than Port Talbot because the town is too expensive . I can save on fuel by going to Llansamlet and that more than offsets the cost of the journey along with the cost of car parking.

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