The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has asked the Economy and Transport Minister to carry out improvements to the M4 Briton Ferry bridge to try and avert further closures due to high winds.
The M4 was closed twice recently due to high winds reaching upwards of 100mph, with consequential traffic chaos in Briton Ferry, Port Talbot and other local communities. Speaking in the Senedd, Mr. Black drew the attention of the Minister to a report produced by the Welsh Government back in 2000 that considered installing baffles on the Briton Ferry viaduct, similar to those on the new Severn bridge so as to reduce the impact of high winds on traffic.
"The recent poor weather has once more highlighted how vulnerable the Briton Ferry M4 bridge is," said Mr. Black. "The result of the two recent closures was chaos on other roads in the area, no doubt impacting on the local economy. It is my view that the Minister needs to revisit work done by her predecessor and consider investing in preventative measures that may stop these closures altogether.
"I am pleased that the Minister has said that she will give this serious consideration."