Business leaders from across South Wales will be able to attend a special breakfast briefing that will focus on finding a solution to the region’s chronic transport issues.
The event, taking place on 9 February, is part of Cardiff Business School’s Executive Education Breakfast Briefing series, and is being sponsored by Property Consultants Bruton Knowles.
Cardiff Business School’s Professor Calvin Jones and Professor Anthony Beresford will speak at the event, looking at how the Welsh Government and those in charge of transport are faced with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sort out the infrastructure which presently is seen as a major sticking point for both businesses and people who live in the area.
With over 41,000 new homes earmarked for Cardiff in its Local Plan, persistent issues with the ageing train network and no decision on what to do about the Bryn Glas tunnels and M4 relief road around Newport, the region seems destined for a perfect storm of traffic jams, packed trains and gridlock.
Mike Rees of Bruton Knowles is saying that unless something is done now the impact on the region’s economic prosperity, social integration and ecology will be profound.
Mike said: “Pinch points are already emerging in the City before many of these developments are started. The A470 and Llantrisant Road for example are already heavily congested during rush hours and it is difficult to see how there is scope to increase capacity.
“Proposed schemes at Radyr Farm, the former BBC television studios and indeed those at Creigiau all appear reliant on existing infrastructure to cope with traffic flow.”
Nick Worman who commutes from Newport added: “Traffic flows are very dependent on the phasing of traffic lights and other traffic management initiatives, particularly at the beginning of term times when the pattern of traffic flows suddenly changes. At times, traffic seems to be gridlocked for no apparent reason, almost as though the city planners are trying to dissuade commuters from using their cars.
“As a company, we are able to compare and contrast the transportation systems in a number of cities across the UK.
“For example Bruton Knowles was a key player in the development of the Nottingham tram network and we believe this is something Cardiff needs to look at more urgently, in tandem with the planned South Wales Metro Network and related initiatives such as improved park and ride facilities.
“In that context, Cardiff seems somewhat behind other major cities and where apart from Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester have for example had tram networks in place for sometime.”
Mike concluded: “Our Seminar will provide an interesting opportunity to hear what solutions can be implemented to ease the problem.”
To register for a free place click here