Logistics group lobbies Welsh Assembly on M4 plans

Logistics group lobbies Welsh Assembly on M4 plans

The Freight Transport Association has written to all Welsh Assembly Members urging them to press the First Minister, Mark Drakeford, to approve the ‘Black Route’ plans for the M4 Relief Road. 

Construction of the route, according to FTA, would provide a regional economic boost worth hundreds of millions of pounds and tackle the congestion that blights the lives of local citizens. 

Sally Gilson, Head of Welsh Policy at FTA, commented: “FTA is urging all Welsh Assembly Members to press the First Minster to approve plans for the ‘Black Route’: the best option for the Welsh economy and its citizens. Our members have consistently evidenced the urgent need to tackle the congestion issues along this vital stretch of infrastructure; after all these years debating, businesses in South Wales need to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

“The ‘Black Route’ would unlock hundreds of millions of private sector investment right across the South Wales economy; as per the Welsh Government’s own assessment, it will deliver £2 for every £1 invested. It would also improve air quality around the Brynglas tunnels, while reducing congestion through Newport (pictured above). 

“The recent abolition of the Severn Bridge tolls has provided a much-needed economic boost, but the construction of the ‘Black Route’ is necessary for the road network to unlock its full potential. The M4 provides an important lifeline to businesses across south Wales and should not be considered solely as a local issue; urgent action based on the national importance of the route is vital.”