Fast-track measures for easing congestion on the M4 in Wales are “hopelessly inadequate”, according to the industry’s trade associations, which accuse officials of tinkering around the edges.

The South East Wales Transport Commission, established following the Welsh government’s decision not to proceed with the M4 relief road, has suggested introducing an average speed control of 50mph between junctions 24 to 28, as well as providing additional lane guidance to motorists.

The Commission also said there should be enhanced traffic office support along the M4 and extend patrols to the A48 and A4810 in Newport.

But the RHA said the only way to tackle crippling congestion was to reinstate plans for a relief road.

The idea was shelved in June due to the cost of building a new 14-mile stretch of motorway and its environmental impact.

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RHA regional operations manager, Rhys Williams said: “Congestion on the M4 brings misery to local people and road users every day; it’s strangling the Welsh economy and holding up growth in firms who desperately need a fit-for-purpose road network to move people and goods efficiently.

“We believe that Wales deserves better – but nothing will change until the Welsh government stops tinkering around the edges and commits to building 21st century infrastructure to make it happen.”

FTA head of policy Sally Gilson said any proposal to counter congestion on this stretch of the motorway should not be considered as a local issue and added: “FTA reiterates its calls to the Welsh Government to build a Newport relief road which would provide a long-term solution to alleviating the pressure along this crucial trade corridor.”