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CALM - Campaign Against the Levels Motorway (No New M4)

Photo: CALM protest

Area: Wales
Interests: Road building

To relieve congestion on the M4 around Newport, the Welsh Assembly Government wants to build a new motorway around the south of the city. If built the road would:

  • Cost over a billion pounds
  • Increase traffic levels and pollution in South Wales
  • Devastate important wildlife sites including six Sites of Special Scientific Interest
  • Shatter the tranquillity of the Levels
  • Fuel dangerous climate change

Please get in touch for meeting dates and more ways to get involved.

Contact: Sorrel Jones
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Tel: 01600 740600
CALM website

Latest news

November 2017: Here is the latest Campaign Against the Levels Motorway newsletter. It includes a call for people to get involved in the sub-groups which are now taking the campaign forward. Please think how you can contribute - these sub-groups are about taking action, and a lot can be done from home and in your local community.

March 2016: The Welsh Government has today published the draft orders for the highly controversial M4 black route. Ian Rappel, Chief Executive of Gwent Wildlife Trust, said, "It is an incomprehensible decision to spend vast amounts of public money destroying a unique landscape when cheaper more sustainable alternatives haven’t been fully considered." CALM urges those concerned about the environmental and economic implications of the black route to response to this consultation. Find out more here.

August 2015: With last year's devastating announcement of the Black Route, and the loss of a judicial review, we've been wondering where we go from here. The future of the beautiful Gwent Levels seems more uncertain than ever. But with the Welsh elections around the corner, now is the time for action. Find out the latest in CALM's newsletter.

September 2014: Friends of the Earth Cymru, supported by CALM, has launched its legal challenge against the Welsh Government. The challenge claims that the M4 consultation process to date has not complied with European law. Find out more in CALM's latest newsletter (PDF).

July 2014: Tragically, the Welsh Government has adopted a plan for a new three-lane motorway between Magor and Castleton. The route will broadly follow the 'black route' proposed in the November 2013 consultation, passing through the Gwent Levels. This commits the Welsh Government to planning and building the new road, and also to spending over a billion pounds of taxpayers’ money. Find out how you can express your objections in CALM's latest newsletter (PDF).

November 2013: The Welsh Government's public consultation on the Levels Motorway is causing some confusion, so CALM has produced this quick guide (PDF) to help you respond.

September 2013: CALM is back in action and holding regular meetings, following the news that plans for a new motorway through the Gwent Levels are back on the table. The Welsh Government's public consultation on the road has started.

Find out more in CALM's newsletter (PDF)

May 2012: Sadly, the threat of a major new road across some of the best wetland in Wales is back. This time, however, it is posed as a dual carriageway rather than a motorway (to bring down the cost) and is one of four suggested options to improve safety and reduce congestion on the M4 around Newport. Our group is of course opposed to the dual carriageway option, but the other choices all involve road-building too and all would impact negatively on communities and wildlife. To make your voice heard on these proposals, please take part in the consultation.

Read CALM's newsletter about the renewed threat (PDF)

August 2009:  Read the latest newsletter (PDF) which contains good news about the M4 proposals. STOP PRESS Appointment of a new chairman: James Byrne has taken on the mantle from Julian Branscombe. James has been a very active member of CALM for some time as a representative of RSPB.

July 2009: Great news: the Welsh Assembly Government has just rejected the scheme as too costly and proposed a number of smaller, greener measures in its place. 

March 2009: We are currently waiting for the 'outline business case' for the new M4 to be published. This will give us the opportunity to read it and prepare our case for the public inquiry. In the meantime, you can find out about the campaign's progress in CALM's March newsletter (PDF).

November 2008: Plaid Cymru’s national council voted unanimously to oppose the Levels motorway. This is deeply significant given that Plaid Cymru’s Ieuan Wyn Jones is WAG Transport Minister.

CALM's November newsletter (PDF) has a report about the protest at the Senedd. It was amazing how many people managed to get there, considering it was at lunchtime during the working week. Many thanks to those who did manage to make it - more than 200 of you!

September 2008: Find out about plans for a protest against the Levels Motorway and more in CALM's September newsletter (PDF).

June 2008: CALM's June newsletter (PDF) includes a picture of Britain's biggest beetle, which would be threated by the motorway, as well as news from the Magor Fair where the group held a successful stall.

March 2008: CALM has found some creative ways to spread its campaign message, and has been looking into how the motorway would affect local otter populations. Find out more in the group's March newsletter (PDF).