Cardiff Airport road scheme axed

16.7.2009   (UK Airport News)

Plans for a new link road to Cardiff Airport have been scrapped because of the
cost.   Announced at the unveiling of a five-year transport plan by Deputy First
Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones, one local MP called the decision ‘economic lunacy’.
 CBI Wales added that it was ‘a bad day for the economy in Wales.’

Mr Jones said ‘only a fraction’ of the benefits a proposed airport link road
would bring the area were associated with the airport.   As an alternative, he
said the assembly government would investigate a half-hourly express bus service
from Cardiff city centre to the airport, more frequent train services and improved
safety on the A4266 (Five Mile Road).

Cardiff Airport said it welcomed the decision to ‘end the uncertainty’ and also
the ‘more pragmatic and sensible approach’ to enhance public transport options
between the airport and the city.   A spokesman said:   ‘We would encourage immediate
discussions in this regard as the relevant public transport standards need to
be addressed.’

But Vale of Glamorgan MP John Smith said the decision not to go ahead with the
airport relief road was ‘economic lunacy’ and a ‘reckless decision for the Welsh