News

30/06/2021

Relocation of Ynys Roundabout Crossing - A4059 in Aberdare

Public notices have been published as part of plans to relocate the pedestrian crossing at A4059 (Ynys) Roundabout in Aberdare – to improve links between the town centre, school and leisure centre, and improve A4059 traffic flow. 

There are currently two crossing points at the Ynys Roundabout – a toucan crossing and a steep footbridge over the road. These enable pedestrians to move between Duke Street and the Sobell school and leisure site, and in the direction of Aberdare Railway Station, Robertstown and Abernant.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s proposal is to remove both crossings, including the traffic lights at the roundabout, and replace them with a new Active Travel bridge over Afon Cynon and a new crossing on the A4059. The bridge will be located around 80-metres southwards, between the rear of Sobell Leisure Centre and the rear of Aberdare Bus Station.

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24/06/2021

New Posters to Educate Drivers on How to Pass Horses Safely

New roadside posters to educate drivers on how to pass horses safely on the road have been installed at 10 ‘hotspot’ locations across Carmarthenshire.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s road safety team has joined forces with the British Horse Society (BHS) to launch the ‘pass wide and slow’ campaign.

Horses and their riders can be vulnerable on the road; and a collision involving a horse and a vehicle can have life threatening consequences for the horse, the rider as well as the occupants of the vehicle.

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23/06/2021

Freeze on New Roads Projects Announced

The Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters has announced a freeze on new road building projects, whilst a review of highway schemes across Wales is carried out.

The review was announced in an oral statement to the Senedd on 22 June 2021.

The Welsh Government’s recently published Programme for Government shows how they will act decisively to tackle the climate emergency.

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21/06/2021

Ride to Work Day - Advocating Motorcycling

Today, 21st June 2021, Wales By Bike is reminding everybody that it's national 'Ride to Work Day' led by the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG).

The campaign message is that motorcycles can be part of the solution to current transport problems - not part of the problem.

For many, cycling and walking can be the natural choice for local everyday journeys, but where active travel isn’t feasible, using powered-two-wheelers for commuting and local trips reduces congestion, pollution, CO2 emissions and parking issues.

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17/06/2021

Executive approves £912,000 for road improvements in 2021-22

Blaenau Gwent Council Executive Committee has agreed to over £900,000 worth of road improvements for 2021-22. 

The focus of the work will be on high priority works to the Council's road network and improving residential and unclassified roads. The highest priority residential roads in each of the 16 wards, Blaenant Industrial Estate Road plus A and B roads and highway safety work will be targeted with a budget of £912,000.  

As well as the above, plans also include a number of specific schemes using Welsh Government funding of £2.158 million. The Local Transport and Resilience Fund of £1,675,000 will be used for 3 schemes:

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15/06/2021

The Programme for Government

The First Minister will today set out ambitious plans for a stronger, greener and fairer Wales as he launches the Programme for Government.

The 5-year plan shows how the new Welsh Government will deliver on the promises made to voters during the Senedd 2021 election and how it will tackle the big challenges we face in Wales.

Climate change and the environment will be at the heart of the new government – a new “super-Ministry” has been created, bringing together the big policy areas to help Wales reach its legally binding target of reaching Net Zero by 2050.

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11/06/2021

Swansea Pupils to Receive Crucial Safety Advice

More than 2,000 primary school pupils in Swansea are to receive invaluable safety advice directly from those who work on the frontline.

Fifty seven schools from Swansea have signed up to take part in Crucial Crew which is run by the council's Community Safety team.

It will see Year 6 pupils talk directly to representatives from a wide range of services including Road Safety, Community Safety, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, RNLI, Food Standards Agency, Network Rail and Western Power.

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11/06/2021

Council’s Highways Team Shortlisted for National Award

The team responsible for making Caerphilly county borough a cleaner, safer and greener place to live has been shortlisted for a prestigious performance award.

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Highways team has been shortlisted for an award for the Best Performers in the Roads, Highways and Winter Maintenance category at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Performance Network Awards 2021.

The team won an award for the Most Improved Performers in the APSE Performance Network Awards 2019.

The prestigious APSE Performance Network Awards are a high-profile occasion where both the best performing local authorities and the most improved are awarded for their achievements. There are dedicated awards for each service area and finalists are selected based on those local authorities who have participated in performance networks.

APSE is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers.

Cllr. Sean Morgan, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “To be shortlisted is an excellent achievement and I’d like to congratulate all staff involved. Our highways team continuously work hard to ensure the safety of our residents, and this award reflects the collective efforts of the Highway Services and Network Contracting  teams, with the achievement being attributed to the professionalism and dedication of all members of staff."

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01/06/2021

Even on Short or Familiar Journeys – Belt up!

One of the most basic things vehicle occupants can do to increase their safety when on the roads is to wear a seatbelt. Something we’ve all done so many times, it’s become second nature and we hardly think about it. But that small, simple task at the start of every journey can make a huge difference in the event of a collision.

Seatbelts are highly effective in protecting vehicle occupants and significantly reduce the risk of being fatally or seriously injured in a crash in conjunction with other in-vehicle safety systems.

GoSafe and colleagues across all four Welsh Police Forces will be taking part in the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Seatbelt campaign, which will be taking place across the UK between 31st May and 17th June. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness and reduce death and injury caused by not wearing seatbelts on the roads of Wales.  Those caught not wearing a seatbelt face a fine of £100, or if prosecuted could face a maximum fine of £500.

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27/05/2021

Motorcyclists - Keep A Cool Head This Bank Holiday Weekend

With temperatures expected to rise in time for the bank holiday weekend, Wales By Bike is offering important advice to bikers who may have plans for a ride out with their motorcycling friends. Motorcycling alone is great but riding out with a group of friends can take it to a whole new level.

Learning to look out for every member of the group will help bikers enjoy it even more. For those new to group riding it’s easy to get pushed into riding beyond your ability or experience. To help avoid this, Wales By Bike recommends riding with people you trust; real friends will respect your skill level and will ride accordingly.

If you're an experienced rider and a new rider joins your group, be responsible and encourage the group to look after them. Novices welcome the support of fellow bikers in becoming more experienced in group riding, without being pushed too hard to keep up.

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