Traffic Commissioner's Caernarfon Office Officially Opens

The Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Victoria Davies, now has a base in both North and South Wales following the official opening of the North Wales office in Caernarfon recently.

The office, based in Gwynedd Council’s existing Penrallt building, is shared with a small team of bilingual staff working for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and will provide facilities for the Commissioner to hold meetings and inquiries in North Wales.

Ken Skates, Minister for Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, who officially opened the office, said, “I am extremely pleased to see that the Traffic Commissioner now has an office in Caernarfon as well as in Cardiff. This ensures that the Traffic Commissioner is within easy reach to the whole of Wales.

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Welsh Government Consultation on Active Travel Guidance

The Welsh Government has recently issued a consultation on its revised Active Travel guidance, which combines:

  • Active Travel delivery and planning guidance
  • Active Travel design guidance

The revised guidance supports the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 and intends to:

  • improve collaboration between planners and designers
  • take account of changes in regulations
  • reflect current best practice

The consultation, and associated documents, can be found here. Responses are welcome online, by email or by 8 May 2020.

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FREE Adult Cycle Training in Neath Port Talbot

Residents of Neath Port Talbot who would like to become more active, cycle with friends or family, or try commuting to work by bike, can now sign up for FREE adult cycle training.

Taking place in February and March, the training will be delivered by qualified instructors, with hour-long sessions starting and ending at the Council’s offices, the Quays, Baglan SA11 2GG.

All ability levels are welcome and bikes and cycle helmets can be provided. For more detailed information, or to book a FREE place, contact the Neath Port Talbot Road Safety Team on 01639 686828 or email

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Driver Theory Refresher Workshops For Mature Drivers In Powys

Mature drivers in Powys are being given the opportunity to brush up on their road knowledge thanks to free workshops organised by the county council.

Powys County Council's Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 25 February at 10am - Newtown
  • Wednesday, 26 February at 1:30pm - Machynlleth
  • Monday, 2 March at 10am - Crickhowell
  • Monday, 9 March at 10am - Ystradgynlais
  • Tuesday, 10 March at 10am - Rhayader

Aimed at drivers in the county aged 65 years and over, the two-hour classroom-based informal workshop will provide attendees a reminder of the Highway Code and driver licence requirements. It will also cover topics including night-time driving, medicine and alcohol laws and personal safety behind the wheel.

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Public Consultation - Improving Transport Links Between Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil

Residents of Merthyr Tydfil and the Cynon Valley are being consulted on plans to improve transport links between the two valleys. Opinions are being sought on bus services and more direct and safe Active Travel routes, such as reopening the Abernant to Merthyr Tunnel for walking and cycling.

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Councils are working together with the aim of making the journey easier for people who travel between Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil for reasons including work, education, shopping and entertainment.

The plan is for improved Active Travel routes, as these are currently limited to the seven-mile stretch of main road linking the valleys, with some very steep sections and high volumes of traffic.

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£2bn Transport Vision Revealed for Cardiff

A transport vision designed to transform Cardiff and South East Wales' transport network has been unveiled by Cardiff Council.

The council's Transport White Paper, lays out an ambitious 10-year plan to tackle the climate emergency, reduce congestion and improve air quality in the Welsh capital.

It lists a series of projects which could revolutionise public transport options in Cardiff and the region, including:

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Welsh Government to Reduce Flood Risk and Improve Connectivity, Safety and Active Travel at Dyfi Bridge

The proposed new Dyfi Bridge on the A487 north of Machynlleth, has been given the go-ahead by Welsh Government Transport Minister Ken Skates.

The £46m scheme will improve road safety, strengthen links between communities, provide active travel opportunities and build resilience against flooding, as well as improve transport connectivity to help stimulate further economic development in this part of Wales.

The current Dyfi Bridge is a 19th century stone narrow bridge with poor visibility and no footways. The river Dyfi frequently floods, severing communities on either side of the bridge, with these incidents likely to increase because of climate change. The bridge’s closures can impact on the community’s ability to access key services such as healthcare, education and public transport in Machynlleth and beyond.

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Over 200 Drivers Arrested in North Wales During The Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign

North Wales Police has reported that the month-long campaign, which ran from 1st December 2019 to 1st January 2020, resulted in 100 drink driving arrests and 101 drug driving arrests across the region.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Armed Alliance, local policing as well as the Special Constabulary were deployed across North Wales to carry out stop checks and used intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspot areas to detect people driving whilst under the influence.

Superintendent Jane Banham, Head of the Roads Policing Unit for North Wales Police said, “More than 200 drivers had a Christmas and New Year to remember for all the wrong reasons – after being arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving.

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Young Drivers Targeted in Tywyn, Gwynedd

Young drivers in Tywyn have been targeted by police in an operation to clamp down on anti-social driving.

Officers from the Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and the local policing team carried out a dedicated campaign focussing on the Tywyn area due to several complaints from local residents.

In response to the concerns, the local PCSO’s for the area linked in with the Road Safety Unit to arrange the operation to target those driving modified vehicles in an anti-social manner and at excess speed on the High Street in Tywyn.

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Thousands of Potholes Filled Within 48 Hours of Being Reported

Almost 4,000 potholes have been repaired in Swansea over the last nine months, new figures have revealed.

In 2016, Swansea Council pledged to undertake pothole repairs within 48 hours of residents reporting issues to the Council's Highway Maintenance Team. A new online reporting system was developed to make it easy for residents to submit reports.

Since April, the council has met their deadline 95% of the time. Between April and the end December 2018, 3,853 potholes have been repaired, taking the overall total since the scheme launched to more than 17,300.

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