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Trial closure of M4 junction 41 at Port Talbot announced

By SWEPGRoberts  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

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BUSINESS Minister Edwina Hart has agreed for a trial closure of an M4 junction in Port Talbot.

In a letter to Assembly Members, Mrs Hart, said: “In my oral assembly questions of March 5 I made you aware that the Welsh Government is currently undertaking a detailed study into the traffic flows around the Port Talbot area.

“As part of this study, I have agreed to the trial closure of the westbound on-slip and eastbound off-slip roads at Junction 41 under an experimental order, with the aim of improving traffic flows on the M4 motorway through the Port Talbot area.

"The studies predict an increase in the capacity of the M4 by 11 per cent westbound and two per cent eastbound as a result of the trial closures.

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“Estimated wider economic benefit of time and accident savings on the M4 is expected to be over £1 million

per year."

Mrs Hart said the trial will start in summer 2014, but it is unknown how long it will last for.

She added: "During the course of the trial, comments will be invited from the


"A package of small scale mitigation measures to junctions along the A48 trunk road and local highway network will take place before the trial.

"Funding of £521,000 has been offered to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council to cover the cost of local highway mitigation measures, but as yet this has not been formally accepted."

Thousands of people have signed a petition against any sliproad closures.

Aberavon AM David Rees said: “I must express my huge disappointment that this decision has been taken and I intend to meet with as many local groups as possible in the coming months in order to ensure they feed their comments into the review process during this ‘trial’ period."

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  • CyrilYrAlarch  |  April 03 2014, 5:07PM

    Please forgive my cynicism, but where does Edwina Hart live?

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  • Wheels139  |  March 21 2014, 9:49PM

    Oh come on! There is more going on here. If this was a case of congestion problems then there are far more cases for improvement. I worked in Newport for 6 years, closing junction 25 - 28 would ease the problems around the M4. I lived in London for 8 years and noticed that the M25 can be a bit slow to drive around, closing junctionc 11 - 5 would have been useful (I travelled around the south). I also noticed on my travels that the M6 can be irksome, closing Junctions 12 - 19 would be a great benefit for through traffic. If this closure goes ahead then look out for all people that live near motorways - this has far reaching effects!!

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  • pennygwin  |  March 19 2014, 7:53PM

    come on retepseer, you were part of the organization that increased parking charges and levied charges on disabled drivers so stop trying to come out of this looking good by expressing your disappointment. You have a bypass which goes into the town centre which cost well over £100 million so the closure of two junctions to improve traffic flow and safety is more beneficial to the town than the economic security of traders who want a captive market, tell the traders to become more competitive or implement the same rebate system that has been implemented in your side of the county in Neath. It does not take much to disappoint you and this has been long overdue, how many people have been injured and killed on this section of the M4 does trader profit justify these deaths.

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  • christhejac  |  March 19 2014, 8:12AM

    So the 1000s of people who live west of Tata Steel will have to now get off 5 miles earlier at Llandarcy to use the Briton Ferry Bridge and do the same on the way home. Who is this going to benefit?? - No one !!!

  • Littlelad  |  March 19 2014, 6:21AM

    Closing these junctions during the school holidays will prove nothing. During the holidays the M4 copes with the traffic flow

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  • PJL1967  |  March 19 2014, 12:11AM

    Does any else think the photo in this article reminds them of that part of the M4? http://tinyurl.com/op7992g I wonder if these changes have anything to do with air pollution levels in the area.

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  • williamwaun  |  March 18 2014, 10:37PM

    There are still going to be the same amount of cars on the road, these will be blocking other roads. Don't worry they sit in Cardiff in they warm offices while you spend time in traffic with potholes.

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  • williamwaun  |  March 18 2014, 10:34PM

    Just remember people when going out to vote, the labour party in Wales only want Cardiff to do well anything else and they don't want to know. They shut down A&E in Port Talbot, they now want to shut the veins to the road network of the town and surrounding community's. They would rather spend on the airport. When you go out and vote next make sure you remember these are only in it for themselves not for you.

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  • Lunkhed  |  March 18 2014, 9:33PM

    Some of us are old enough to remember times before the M4 was built, when Port Talbot was a proper thriving town. The same major roads still exist and are quite capable of carrying the local traffic. Ms Hart: don't you dare back down from this decision that should have been taken years ago.

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  • SonyCorp  |  March 18 2014, 8:56PM

    I've spent days of my life sitting in queues here for the last 28 years.....I've only felt the need to pull off and shop in the town centre about half a dozen times. Not sure that many people choose to come off at junction to access the town shops from outside of Port Talbot area. Many drivers appear to pull onto the motorway at one junction to pull off at the next one. Local urban traffic chokes up the flow on a major motorway route. I think the majority of motorway drivers will be pleased to see the 'locals' keep to the local roads. It will be interesting to see if the situation improves on the motorway during the trial. It's certainly better during school holidays when there's no school run traffic between 8-9am.

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