26 Sep 2018

A new report shows how Wales could transform its transport system by investing in public transport, active travel and ensuring delivery of all phases of the South Wales Metro with the £1.4bn currently earmarked for the M4 Black Route.

'Transport Fit for Future Generations'  written in partnership with the Centre for Transport and Society (CTS), University of the West of England, Sustrans and  New Economics Foundation illustrates, with practical examples, how a sustainable transport system could be designed for any part of Wales. 

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Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales says: 

"Wales has a choice to make. It must choose whether to spend £1.4 billion on building a 14-mile section of M4 motorway, or to invest in alternative sustainable transport infrastructure that's fit for future generations, that Wales and the world can be proud of… 

"Our report highlights evidence around how building roads does not solve congestion and will result in Wales failing to decrease its carbon emission and missing the Government's own targets of 80% reduction by 2050… 

"The findings of this report clearly justify a reasonable cause for a review and re-appraisal of Welsh Government's M4 Black Route proposal."

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  • Building the Black Route will result in an emission of 500,000+ tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents which will not be removed from the atmosphere until at least 2072
  • 24% of households in Wales did not own a car 2011/12
  • Expanding the investment programme in Active Travel out to the whole Cardiff Capital Region would cost approx. £290 million but would result in economic benefits of £2.5bn over 20 years, delivering a 19% and 82% increase in walking and cycling trips respectively
  • A similar level of increase could be delivered across the whole of Wales with an investment of £600m, delivering £5bn of benefits over 20 years

Read the report here.