Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Rally Against new M4

Today the Campaign Against the Levels Motorway (CALM) held a protest outside the Senedd. They are campaigning against the building for a second stretch of M4 motorway to bypass regularly congested parts of Newport.

I have a lot of sympathy for the campaigners. If we are serious about climate change, and we take heed of the warnings over peak oil, we would not spend around £20million per mile on a motorway. Our public transport system is in urgent need of investment. More roads inevitably result in more traffic. This in addition to the fact that the proposed road would run through the Gwent Levels, five miles of which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

There are various stages and processes to go through before a decision is made, including an independent public local inquiry. The campaigners are already gathering evidence and information in preparation, and they are doing a good job of lobbying politicians.

The environmental case against this road is strong. CALM have to make sure that the public inquiry hears the arguments loud and clear.

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