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Closing M4 junction will hit local businesses says Assembly Member

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has added his voice to those who have expressed concern that the Welsh Labour Government's proposal to close junction 41 of the M4 will cut off access to Port Talbot with dire consequences for local businesses.

Mr. Black has received representations from local people and businesses that the closure of junction 41 will discourage new business from coming to the town as well as harming existing businesses in the town. They have told him that closures will make it difficult for the delivery of goods and services and reduce footfall for local shops.

"At a time when we need to be encouraging new businesses to the area, this closure is sending the wrong message," said Mr. Black. "It will move traffic off the M4 onto local roads and impact on local businesses

"If this is a pilot project then the Minister needs to be clearer about how long this experiment will last for, how it will be evaluated and what factors will be taken into account to assess its success or otherwise. The danger is that she will focus on the impact on the M4 without considering the effect on Port Talbot."

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