Junction 41 of M4 to be closed

Junction 41 of M4 to be closed

A junction of the M4 motorway in south Wales is to be closed in a bid to improve traffic flow.

Wales' Economy and Transport Minister Edwina Hart confirmed the closure of junction 41 at Port Talbot as part of a trial to reduce congestion in both directions.

It will shut this summer and studies predict doing so could increase the capacity of the M4 westbound and eastbound by 11% and 4% respectively.

Mitigation measures will be introduced to junctions along the nearby A48 trunk road and other roads in the area ahead of the trial scheme.

Funding of £521,000 has been offered to Neath Port Talbot Council to cover the cost of these measures.

Mrs Hart is hopeful that the closure will provide real data to inform the decision on the way forward regarding motorway congestion. Members of the public will be invited to comment on the move before it comes into force.

The idea of closing motorway junctions near Port Talbot to improve traffic flow was raised by the Welsh Government in June 2012.

Motorists should make sure theyplan their journey accordingly when the closure begins.

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