Statement On Junction 41

Commenting on a report produced for the Welsh Government into the monitoring of vehicle emissions between Junction 41 & Junction 42, which includes the option of closing the junction as a possible way to reduce pollution and meet legal requirements on emissions, Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock said,  

“It is deeply disappointing to see a fresh threat to close junction 41 emerge. Last time the proposals were widely rejected by the local community, who came together to fight, and win, a long and difficult campaign to keep the junction open.

“The last trial closure caused real chaos on the local road network and impacted on local businesses. After years where we have seen uncertainty over the future of the steelworks, a new threat to close junction 41 will not help the town to move forward, grow and prosper.

“The congestion and pollution along the M4 is well known to local residents, but closing junction 41 will do little to reduce pollution, it will simply move in onto the local road network and into the town.

“The Welsh Government have said that the closure of junction 41 is not their preferred measure, well they need to go further and rule it out once and for all.”

Please give your views at the consultation here by 2nd November:

https://beta.gov.wales/node/4792/respond-online