P-04-556 No to Junction 41 closure

Petition wording:


We call upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government not to close Junction 41 of the M4 for the following reasons: 1. The closure will negatively impact the town centre traders and businesses.2. The closure will cause traffic chaos in the town as residents try to access the motorway. 3. There has been insufficient consultation with the townspeople.4. Further research is needed into alternative solutions.5. The new train station cannot be a transport hub if it is not easily accessible.6. It will adversely affect the town redevelopment.


Additional Text: Again, the needs of motorists have been prioritised over those of the people of Port Talbot. The town was desecrated when the motorway was originally built through the heart of the town and now we are expected to suffer the pollution whilst traffic passes through our town on the way to somewhere else! The motorway, not the Steelworks, is the towns biggest polluter, and yet we who breathe it in will be unable to gain access to it. Plans to reroute the towns traffic through the streets will add to traffic pollution and bring chaos. People of the town understand the issues with the motorway but demand real consultation on options and alternatives. Please give us a chance to protect our town.


Petition raised by: Rose David


Date Petition first considered by Committee: 13 May 2014


Number of signatures:1654.  An associated paper petition was handed in and collected 22,467 signatures.