Junction closures “not ruled out” in air pollution drive

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The Welsh Government are actively considering closing some motorway junctions and sliproads in an attempt to cut dangerous levels of air pollution.

A series of reports have been put out for consultation covering:

  • A494 Deeside
  • A483 Wrexham
  • A470 Pontypridd
  • M4 Port Talbot Junctions 41-42
  • M4 Newport Junctions 25-26

The impact assessment for each of the proposed measures is almost 2,000 pages long .

Temporary 50mph speed limits were introduced at some sites and the consultation will also consider whether to make this permanent.

The prospect of junction closures hasn’t been met with approval by local AMs, particularly those representing Port Talbot, where a partial closure of Junction 41 in 2015 led to a long-running dispute with the Welsh Government.

“I have no intention of seeing the decision to halt the part-time closure of Junction 41 changed. If we are considering the air quality agenda, then closing Junction 41, as I mentioned in the chamber on Tuesday, will not in any way reduce pollution in our town, it will move it from the M4 to the heavily congested local roads around the area, as we saw with the previous trial.”
– David Rees AM (Lab, Aberavon)