Council will look again at case for M-way link
Jun 23 2007 Phillip Nifield, South Wales Echo
A SCHEME for a new interchange on the M4 could be revived after 15 years.
Cardiff council has confirmed it will look again at the project as part of a local development plan but Transport Minister Brian Gibbons said that it was not a priority for the Assembly.
The issue of a Junction 31 was raised in the National Assembly by Cardiff North AM Jonathan Morgan, who quizzed Mr Gibbons.
Mr Morgan was seeking an assurance that a junction would not be developed within the next four years.
“Many of my constituents living around Llanishen and Thornhill, where there has been a huge growth in residential properties in the last eight to 10 years, are concerned about this prospect and this threat that is still hanging over them.”
Responding, Mr Gibbons said: “I know that Cardiff council has been looking at this particular option as part of its internal deliberations, and it would be its responsibility to bring that forward.
“However, we have had no direct approaches from the council.
“Our key priority is extending to three lanes the eight-mile section of the M4 north of Cardiff, costing £71m.
“That is the only scheme that we are considering over the next four to five years.”
Cardiff Central AM Jenny Randerson also raised the question of the Assembly Government funding traffic lights to ease congestion at the Junction 30 Cardiff Gate.
A Cardiff council spokeswoman said: “The need for a new junction between Junctions 30 and 32 on the M4 – that is at Thornhill – will be revisited as part of the Local Development Plan process.”
She said that the Thornhill Interchange was originally granted planning permission in September, 1991, but this had since expired.
“The original purpose of the junction was to serve an employment site that has now been developed for housing.
“Previously, the local transport and unitary development plans stated that justification for the interchange needed reviewing. To date, resources have not permitted such a comprehensive review.”
The spokeswoman said the council was preparing detailed design costs to improve Junction 30 and was looking for partners to fund work jointly.