M4 (Junction 34) to A48 Transport Improvements

A consultation is taking place on proposed routes for a new road between junction 34 of the M4 and the Sycamore Cross junction of the A48. 

WelTAG Stage Two Plus (Outline Business Case)

The Study, which includes an outline business case and impact assessment, is considering potential highway options for improving strategic connectivity in the corridor from M4 Junction 34 to the A48 at Sycamore Cross, which includes Pendoylan.

 

Find out more and have your say

This consultation will take place between Wednesday 30 September and Wednesday 23 December 2020.

 

 

Background

Relevant Background Information relating to proposed routes for a new road between junction 34 of the M4 and the Sycamore Cross junction of the A48 and a Park and Ride at Junction 34 of the M4.

 

The Council has been working with an independent technical consultant to develop proposals for a new road linking the M4 and A48 and a new park and ride at Junction 34 of the M4. 

 

This follows a study of the transport links between the two and access to Cardiff Airport that was conducted in 2017. 

 

Two possible road routes have been identified, both of which would improve links between the M4 and A48, reduce journey times to the airport, and help tackle local traffic congestion.

 

The public and other interested groups were asked to comment on these proposals in 2018. The Review Group (who were appointed to make recommendations) considered the matter on 02 October 2018. An update report on this scheme is due to go to Cabinet early 2019.

 

On 30 November 2018 the Council was advised by Welsh Government that it had been successful in its bid for a further £118,000 in year funding for 2018/19 to undertake additional work for this scheme.

 

 

WelTAG Stage Two Plus Non-intrusive Walkover Surveys

A summary of the WelTAG Stage Two Plus non-intrusive walkover surveys is provided below.


WelTAG Stage Two Plus | Ecology Surveys

Subject to land access being obtained throughout the study area, a Phase 1 Habitat survey will be completed during the summer of 2019. The Phase 1 Habitat survey will map the habitats present, as well as noting the potential for any protected species and any incidental observations confirming their presence. The survey will inform the final Stage Two Plus ecology deliverable which will be a baseline report covering the options, complete with figures detailing locations of ecological constraints.


WelTAG Stage Two Plus | Cultural Heritage Surveys

Subject to land access being obtained throughout the study area, a cultural heritage walkover survey will be completed during the summer of 2019. This will allow the desk-based assessment being undertaken to become a full desk-based assessment. The survey will inform the final cultural heritage deliverable which will be a heritage baseline report covering the options, complete with figures detailing locations of known heritage assets.


The walkover surveys will be completed by Arcadis as part of their M4 Junction 34 to A48 WelTAG Stage Two Plus commission. Arcadis will be resourcing staff from their Environment Planning business unit which consists of over 200 dedicated professionals based at our offices throughout the United Kingdom, encompassing a broad range of disciplines which includes EIA, ecology and cultural heritage. Staff qualifications range from affiliated graduate consultants to fully chartered specialists registered to professional bodies including the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), the Society for the Environment (CEnv) and the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists (CIfA).

 

If you'd like more information or to discuss these proposals with one of our transport team then please get in touch.

 

Neighbourhood Services and Transport

Vale of Glamorgan Council

The Alps
Alps Quarry Road
Wenvoe 
CF5 6AA

 

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