Council presses ahead with road safety plans for schools

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is to press ahead with plans to make road safety changes on the highway at two primary schools with the agreement of local residents.

Concerns had been raised about safety at St Mary’s Catholic and Caedraw Primary schools due to the number of cars parking on pavements on a road that has access-only restrictions.

Proposals to create a better highway environment include providing an ‘on road’ cycle lane, prohibition of waiting, loading and unloading at any time, and the addition of ‘school keep clear’ notices, as well as maintaining the existing parking for taxis.

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Council funds bicycle travel for Vale school

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has invested £10k purchasing bicycles and equipment for a Vale school to help encourage active travel.

The funding, which comes from the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Fund Grant has been used to purchase 15 bikes, bike locks, helmets and a storage container for Whitmore Highschool.

The bikes will be used for travelling to and from sports events, lessons, field trips and training. The bikes may also be loaned and used by teachers and pupils to get to and from school.

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Further £3m to recruit more emergency ambulance staff to improve response times

A further £3m is to be invested by the Welsh Government to recruit more emergency ambulance staff to improve response times for the most seriously ill or injured.

This additional funding will enable the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust (WAST) to recruit around 100 additional frontline staff and introduce a new ‘Cymru High Acuity Response Unit’ (CHARU) service. The CHARU service will seek to improve outcomes for people who have suffered cardiac arrest.

The additional staff will help to manage increased demand for emergency care and partially mitigate some of the complex wider system challenges which continue to place intense pressure on emergency care staff and services.

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Construction work underway at new active travel route for Bridgend employment site

Construction work on a new active travel route for the strategic employment site at Brocastle in Bridgend has started, thanks to a £2 million investment by the Welsh Government.

The route, which is about 3km south-east of Bridgend town centre and runs parallel with the A48, will link the 116 acre site at Brocastle with the Waterton roundabout, 2km to the north-west.

A 2km cycleway, kerbing and surfacing works, new signalised road crossings, replacement traffic signals and street lighting will be built. The £2 million funding for the route, which is being provided by the Welsh Government, is the final package of the wider infrastructure works on the Brocastle site.

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Cardiff completes Wales’ first carbon-neutral road re-surfacing programme

 The first carbon-neutral road resurfacing work in Wales has been carried out by Cardiff Council.

Just under 13,000m2 of Northern Avenue, from the M4 slip road to Curlew Close, has been resurfaced using Slag Steel aggregate saving more than 50% in carbon outlay compared to using virgin aggregate in a conventional ‘surface course'.

The remaining carbon created in the resurfacing work will be offset using a Verified Carbon Scheme (VCS) - preventing further deforestation in Brazil - and by planting 100 saplings in the city in recognition of the scheme.

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Funding secured for further active travel improvements in Powys

Powys County Council has secured further Welsh Government funding to extend and improve active travel routes within the county.

Committed to improving facilities for residents wishing to make short journeys on foot or by bike, the council has been working with communities to find potential active travel routes across Powys. Through engagement exercises and consultations, active travel routes which could either be improved or introduced have been identified and added to the councils Active Travel Network Maps (ATNM).

The latest Welsh Government Active Travel funding will support continued work on the following two Newtown schemes:

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UK First – Senedd Gives Green Light for 20mph Legislation

Legislation to lower the default national speed limit on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets from 30mph to 20mph has been approved by the Senedd today.

Wales becomes the first UK nation to make the move - helping to save lives, develop safer communities, improve the quality of life and encourage more people to make more sustainable and active travel choices.

The new slower speed limits are currently being trialled in eight communities across Wales and will be rolled out nationally in September 2023.

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Tenby Pedestrianisation scheme returns for summer 2022

The summer Tenby Pedestrianisation scheme is now in operation and will run daily between 11am and 5.30pm until Friday 9th September.

The scheme will again see the town divided into three zones with each zone allowing different levels of vehicle access.

Residents within the walled town are reminded that should they wish to apply for an access permit then this must be done online as soon as possible at

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Stay Safe. Hydrate.

Many motorcyclists consider a ride through Wales to be the perfect summer pastime; who could argue with the freedom of the open road in beautiful scenery, often with a group of friends.

Sue Storch, Vice Chair of Road Safety Wales, shares some advice for riders venturing out during the summer months, to help ensure a comfortable ride and a safe return home: “Riding a motorcycle safely is both physically and mentally demanding. Although it’s an aspect that can be easily overlooked, becoming dehydrated can increase the risk of a collision as it can cause a loss of concentration, headaches, muscle fatigue, drowsiness and nausea.”

“With our Wales by Bike partners, Road Safety Wales offers the following tips for riders to stay hydrated as temperatures rise.”

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Police Recorded Road Casualties

The Welsh Government has published Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales, 2021.

Police recorded road accident and casualty numbers throughout most of 2020 were affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which saw restrictions on how, where and why people could travel within Wales. There was continued impact in 2021.

Key points

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