To: Welsh Assembly Government

Stop the proposed M4

Stop the proposed M4

Dear Assembly Member,
The proposed 'black route' motorway around Newport, Gwent in South Wales would cost over £1 billion. It would adversely affect 2 nature reserves, several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), the Wales Coastal Path and the Celtic Trail, part of National Cycle Route 4. The new elevated bridge over the River Usk would be a noise nuisance for residents in the southern and central parts of Newport. The Welsh Assembly has a statutory duty to promote Sustainable Development. This proposal is a clear, and possibly illegal, breach of this duty. The Assembly's own environmental regulator and advisory body Natural Resources Wales is against it. Please oppose this awful waste of money that will divert a huge amount of funding from other more deserving issues.

Why is this important?

Protection of unique wildlife on the Caldicot & Wentlooge (Gwent) levels. Reduction in transport-generated CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. Prevention of noise pollution. Avoid diversion of funding from the NHS and Education in Wales. It will encourage more car-based journeys if it proceeds. It makes no sense to build this motorway based on the discredited 'predict & provide' model when traffic growth has not happened in the past 6 years. If there is too much traffic on the M4 then take steps to reduce it, not build more motorway to encourage more traffic!

Newport, Wales

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Reasons for signing

  • We should be reducing our impact on the environmemt. We should be spending money education, healthcare and innovation. The problem causing the need for a new motorway has alternate solutions and this can problem can be used as a chance for innovative approaches.
  • The way we travel is changing. Advances in technology, like driverless cars, all point towards more efficient use of existing roads in future. Building the black route now will do significant, irreparable damage to the environment. All to provide questionable short term benefits, and probably no long term impact.
  • Faster journey times are less important than unspoilt countryside

Updates

2014-10-17 22:50:50 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2014-10-03 13:46:31 +0100

500 signatures reached

2014-09-28 13:56:45 +0100

100 signatures reached

2014-09-26 20:45:49 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-09-25 19:39:53 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-08-23 23:40:59 +0100

10 signatures reached