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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School Crossing Patrol Award Winners In The Vale of Glamorgan

A number of School Crossing Patrol Officers in the Vale of Glamorgan were recognised recently at the council's annual Road Safety Awards presentation, organised by the council’s Road Safety Team. The awards recognise the contribution provided by SCPs working throughout the county.

The award for School’s Crossing Patrol of the Year was presented to Nicholas Latham, a popular member of the St Helen’s School community in Barry; Nicholas helps youngsters cross the busy stretch of road on Tynewydd Hill.

Other award winners included Ruth Grant of Barry, Julie Ellis of Llantwit Major and David Regan, who was the winner for Penarth, Sully & Dinas Powys.

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Swansea City Centre Work To Improve Active Travel Connections

Swansea Council has commissioned important work to help improve Swansea city centre, which will take place from 6 January. The work will include the pedestrianisation the upper section of Union Street and an adjoining part of Park Street.

Alongside work already undertaken on the neighbouring Kingsway, it will help improve walking and cycling connections through the city centre.

Throughout the work, access to the car parks in Park Street will be maintained via Portland Street; pedestrian access will remain at all times and business are being kept informed of progress.

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School Streets – A Pilot Scheme for Cardiff

Cardiff Council has announced that to address roads around school gates being dominated by cars, causing a potential danger to children and contributing to harmful pollution levels, a pilot scheme will be introduced around five schools.

Cardiff Council wants to ensure that children can attend school as safely as possible; the School Street scheme will begin on from the 6 January 2020, to help to reduce traffic around school entrances during peak drop-off and pick-up times.

During term time, motor vehicles will not be permitted to drive in the specified streets on weekdays between 8.30am - 9.15am and 2.45pm - 3.45pm​.​ Signs will inform drivers of the restrictions at the entrance to the School Street and any unauthorised vehicles entering during restricted times will be issued with a penalty charge notice of £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days.

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Welsh Government To Invest In More Resilient, Cleaner and Greener Transport

Investing in low emission vehicles and creating a more resilient transport system are amongst the initiatives benefitting from £74m of Welsh Government funding to provide better, more environmentally friendly transport.

The funding, which has been announced in the Welsh Government’s budget, will take Wales further down the path to a clean, green transport network and help address the challenges of climate change.

The 2020-21 budget is the first since the declaration of a climate emergency in Wales. Spending commitments include:

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Electric Bikes Trialled in the Gwent Force Area

Electric bikes are being trialled in Gwent with the introduction of two to the force's fleet.

Chief Superintendent Ian Roberts, in charge of policing in Newport and Monmouthshire, is one of the officers testing out the new e-bikes in the force and he has been chatting to residents on his trips around Newport and Cwmbran during the last few weeks.

The bikes are equipped with a battery which allows riders to travel greater distances, climb hills with ease and provide assistance of up to 15mph.

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Options in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council road safety team, in joint partnership with South Wales Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, recently completed their final 'Options' operation for the year.

Operations were conducted throughout the year across the borough and a total of 633 people received a poignant reminder of the importance of wearing a seatbelt; not only for themselves but for other people they share a vehicle with.

By opting to receive an educational input from the fire and rescue service, the vast majority of those stopped did not receive a fine of £100 for failing to wear a seatbelt. However, Traffic Offence Reports and fines were issued for sitting on plugged-in seatbelts, driving without insurance, driving with bald tyres and a number of other road traffic offences.

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Warning To Road Users Who Ignore Bridge Signs

Road users are being advised by Pembrokeshire County Council that they could face prosecution if they ignore signs warning that the Cleddau Bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles in bad weather.

Because of the strong winds over the past few days, the bridge has been closed intermittently to high-sided vehicles.

But it hasn’t deterred some road users who have continued to cross the 820-metre bridge despite the possibility of their high-sided vehicle being blown over.

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Preferred Route For A40 Improvements Confirmed

Ken Skates, Welsh Government Economy and Transport Minister, has confirmed the preferred route for improvements between Penblewin Roundabout and Redstone Cross on the A40 in Pembrokeshire.

The proposal - Option 2B - would be built at an estimated cost of £20m. It would provide additional A40 overtaking provision in both east and west directions, with a modern “2+1” lane configuration.

It would also incorporate the provision of an overbridge on the B4313, which would maintain north-south local connectivity and improve safety. A new shared cyclist and pedestrian facility is being explored in order to encourage active travel.

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Anti Drink Driving Poster Competition Success for Bedwas High School

Bedwas High School has once again, been announced as winners of the Anti-Drink Driving Poster Competition.

Every year, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road Safety Team arrange a competition to encourage pupils to raise awareness of the risks drink driving by designing posters. Bedwas High School has continuously presented exceptional pieces of work and this year is no different with Zac Idz claiming first place and Katie Wilcox, Tegan Fletcher, Lilly Elias and Harriet Merrett all being runners up.

The competition ran from September 19th to November 4th with several secondary schools participating; the Engineering Team and Road Safety Officer, Susan Davies then selected the winners. The pupils were also invited to meet the Mayor where they received prizes from Cllr Julian Simmonds, Mayor of Caerphilly Council for their excellent artwork that depicted how drink driving can adversly affect people’s lives.  The posters are on display at Ty Penallta and the winning entry will be used on the Council’s social media pages to promote the Gwent Police Anti-Drink Driving Campaign.’

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