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Welsh Transport Minister refuses to ‘rule-out’ M4 congestion charge & ‘Workplace Car Parking Charges’


Wales Minister overseeing the Economy and Transport, Ken Skates MS, has this week refused to be drawn on whether the Welsh Government would ‘rule-out’ a pay-per-mile congestion charge on the M4 motorway around Newport.

Newport West Conservative Senedd Candidate, Michael Enea, wrote to Mr Skates directly, asking if the Welsh Government would categorically ‘rule-out’ Congestion Charges and a proposed ‘Workplace Parking Levy’ over the next 10 years.

In response, he was merely sent to a link to the current public consultation on the issue.

A report issued in November by the South Wales East Transport Commission highlighted the need for Congestion Charges and a Workplace Parking Levy over the next 10 to 15 years.


What does the report say in the small-print?

On M4 Congestion Charges...
Page 53 (Section 240)

In the long-term, a properly designed UK-wide RUC system would increase the effectiveness of the recommendations in this report. This could be within 10 to 15 years, given the projected trajectory for the decline in traditional motoring tax revenues.

On Workplace Car Parking Charges...
Page 54 (Section 245)

Once new transport options exist and an overarching policy framework is in place, we note there is a good case for Local Authorities to consider introducing a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL). In broad terms, this would charge employers for the number of parking spaces they provide to their employees.

Statement from Michael Enea

“I don’t think the public fully realise what’s in this report. A pay-per-mile congestion charge on the M4 around Newport would be catastrophic. You would see cars spilling onto local side-streets. There would be ‘chaos’. Also. Charging employers for workers who park in the workplace car park is equally ridiculous.”

“20.27 million vehicles travelled on the M4 around Newport in 2019. Improving public transport may reduce this by 10%. But you’ll still be left with 18 million vehicles on the M4. The commission has come up with some barmy ideas.”

“This nightmare was created back in the late 60s when they built the existing M4, with just one major in-and-out of Wales. We need to see the M4 Relief Road built as a matter of urgency. The public will get the chance to have their say at the ballot box later this year in the Senedd Elections. The Welsh Conservatives would build the Relief Road if they take control of the Senedd.”

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