From our Swindon correspondent:
From the BBC
£800m should be invested in public transport to help ease traffic jams on the M4, a report has recommended.
A commission was set up after Welsh ministers scrapped plans to build a £1.6bn relief road around Newport.
To encourage people out of their cars, its report suggested considering a “workplace parking levy” and ensuring public transport was “affordable for all”.
The panel was told not to consider plans for another motorway.
The M4 around Newport is the fourth most congested stretch of road in the UK.
I used to work around Cardiff and I sometime visit, and the problem is that the M4 is also the main local road from Newport to Cardiff. People on their way to Swansea get mixed up with local commuting traffic. The best solution is another road. Oh and “the M4 around Newport” is pretty crap, yes, but it’s only a couple of miles.
The problem with public transport is that Cardiff isn’t like London. It isn’t a donut with a load of offices in the centre surrounded by office workers. People work in and around the city. If you have trains into the centre, people then have to stop and change to get to their final destination, and by the time you’ve done all that hassle you might as well just sit in the traffic. If you want to go into the centre of Cardiff from Newport, or Bristol there’s already a cheap train.
And the other problem is that you’re about 9 months behind, laddies. There is no congestion at 8am around Newport at the moment. It’s blue all the way from Bristol to Cardiff. Everyone is working at home during Covid. What happens post-Covid? I don’t know but no-one is gagging to get back to the office every day now. So, put a pin in your choo-choos and see what the situation is like before spending a load of money, yeah?