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Opposition of Appraisal of on-line widening of the M4 J24-29, including an additional tunnel at Brynglas (Option D) I have recently learnt of plans to build a tunnel right through Brynglas Hill. There was a lack of notification to residents and I strongly oppose to any planning or implementation of building a tunnel in Brynglas and affected surrounding areas such as Crindau, and Malpas. This beautiful protected greenbelt is tight knit residential area and we passionately value the ancient woodlands, historical sites such as Brynglas House, school, church, parks, wildlife, birds, trees ,wild flowers and plant species. I'm aware that in March 2012 the National Assembly for Wales published options for consultation including the option to bore further tunnels. The new tunnels would allow the motorway to be expanded to four lanes in each direction for nine miles between junctions 24 to 29 over 15 years, at a cost of about £550m. The proposals as a whole cover improvements between junctions 23 to 29 and have been drawn up by an expert group, including civil engineers Arup. The BBC reported on 16 March 2012 that 'Technical documents say the disruption caused by road works could prompt opposition. They estimate 200 to 300 homes and businesses would be directly affected by widening and some would have to be demolished'. Plaid Cymru leader Mr Jones was the transport minister in the previous government who dropped plans to build the M4 relief road around Newport. He said the only way the relief road could be funded was by tolling the motorway. He stated “That was never really at the end of the day a realistic financial proposition” Mr Jones also quotes “The advice I had was the works we were currently doing would be sufficient to deal with the potential increase in traffic and let's remember of course that traffic has actually gone down during the recession," Liberal Democrat AM for South Wales Central Eluned Parrott said: "While additional tunnels at Brynglas would be the preferred answer we have to consider the impact on local residents who already live close to the tunnels." First Minister Carwyn Jones initially said it could only go ahead if his administration was granted the power to borrow money during a BBC Wales interview. Conservative shadow transport minister Byron Davies said it was "quite some u-turn" following the Labour-led government's decision to scrap the relief road in 2009. Alternative locations have been proposed such as; Appraisal of grade separated junction improvements to the A48 Southern Distributor Road (SDR) (Highway Option C) Appraisal of additional high quality road to the south of Newport (Highway Option A) Appraisal of at grade junction improvements to the A48 Southern Distributor Road (SDR) (Highway Option B) These locations will not compromise a strong community, it's natural environment and species. Yours sincerely,

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