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ABP slams Newport motorway plan

[ July 18, 2014   //   ]

Associated British Ports (ABP) has protested to the Welsh government that plans for a new M4 relief road through Newport would severely curtail its operations at Wales’ largest general cargo port. The BBC reported ABP’s Matthew Kennerley as saying that the motorway scheme would eat into the port’s land reserves and severely restricted air draft for vessels using the port, which is a major gateway not only for Wales, but also for the English Midlands.

However, Transport Minister Edwina Hart appears to be commited to the scheme which is due to be completed by 2022 and aims to reduce some of Wales’ worst traffic congestion.

ABP favours a route further to the north that would avoid the port’s main operational area.

(The current printed issue of FBJ [FBJ5 2014] contains a full report on Wales.)


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