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21/10/2019

Local Road and Footway Improvements in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Since April, 98 highway improvement schemes have been completed by Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC, worth a total of £6.3m; with a further 84 schemes to be delivered by March 2020.

An report to the council’s Cabinet on 17 October, outlined the progress made since the three-year £23.5m package for highways maintenance, covering the period 2019-22, began on 1 April, 2019.

The capital programme, agreed by Full Council in March 2019, ensures the fabric of the highways network in protected and is a proactive approach aimed at avoiding expensive repairs when roads are left to reach the end of their design life. It is therefore a cost-effective option in the long term, ensuring communities benefit from better roads and footways.

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18/10/2019

Operation Confine: Targeting Motor Insurance Fraud

A North Wales Police initiative to disrupt criminal activity has seen over 300 insurance policies being cancelled thanks to ongoing work led by the Roads Policing Unit in conjunction with local policing teams.

Operation Confine involves targeting those who cause the most harm within communities and who have failed to disclose previous convictions to their insurance companies. The initiative sees officers focusing on the problem of ‘application fraud’ where they suspect an individual has not disclosed required material information to the relevant insurance company.

Temporary Chief Inspector Dave Cust from the Roads Policing Unit said, “When we make enquires into whether an individual has disclosed information such as unspent motoring or criminal convictions, depending on what a particular company asks, we’re not disclosing anything other than what the policy holder should have told them.

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15/10/2019

Crash Detectives Make Their BAFTA Cymru Deput

Last night Gwent Police’s Crash Detectives along with Chief Constable Pam Kelly attended the Welsh BAFTAs in Cardiff city centre.

Nominated for Best Factual Series, Crash Detectives has given audiences a rare insight inside how Gwent’s dedicated forensic collision investigators deal with serious incidents on the roads. Although the team did not scoop the BAFTA prize, ‘Velindre: Hospital of Hope’ was a very worthy winner.

BAFTA Cymru Awards honour excellence in broadcasting and production within film, games and television in Wales and inspire the next generation of creative talent.

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15/10/2019

Winter Preparations in Ceredigion

Ceredigion County Council prepares for winter all year round; salt replenishment starts in early June to ensure that by the time winter begins stock levels are up to approximately 10,000 tonnes. This is the amount of salt that gives Ceredigion the resilience it needs if it cannot secure additional salt supplies during the winter season in a timely manner.

The winter service fleet is operated by 51 qualified gritter drivers and maintained by 9 mechanics who all work on a rota basis over the winter period. There are 10 primary gritting routes covering 437km of Ceredigion’s roads, including the Trunk Road network.

One of the first tasks for the winter service team is to ensure that over 400 grit bins across the county, which are for the motorist to use, are filled and any damaged bins replaced. Depending on the severity of the winter and the availability of resources, these bins may need to be replenished again during the season.

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09/10/2019

Major Investment to Improve Carmarthenshire Roads

Carmarthenshire County Council has announced that almost £2.5m is being invested in road improvements over the next year

A host of works are underway with six resurfacing schemes already complete. Around 40 sections of road will be resurfaced after funding was made available from the council’s capital works programme and the Welsh Government.

This significant investment is in addition to a programme of preventative dressing treatment which has already been completed.

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02/10/2019

Surround The Town: Working Together for Safe Driving and Local Policing Priorities

Today, Gwent Police is working in partnership with GoSafe, Newport City Council and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, to tackle road safety and local crime priorities. ‘Surround The Town’ will be running across Newport with multiple teams working across the city.

Through close partnership working the aim of the operation is to support the people of Newport and ensure they can live, work and visit in a safe environment. To do this the joint operation will encompass a number of initiatives that cover motoring offences, parking and local enforcement, collision and speed awareness, anti-social behaviour, drug offences and organised crime groups.

The operation will involve various key activities, including:

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27/09/2019

Rural Road Collisions Still a Cause for Concern

Carmarthenshire County Council is launching a rural road safety scheme to encourage motorists to drive more safely.

Figures show that nearly 120 people have been seriously injured and 26 were killed on rural roads in the county in the last two years.

Some 125 serious collisions were recorded between 2016 and 2018 with 23% involving young drivers between the ages of 17 and 24.

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25/09/2019

Road Safety Trust Small Grants Competition

Applications for the Road Safety Trust Small Grants Competition are now open.

The main aim of the Small Grants Programme is to improve road safety at a local level. The programme has been designed after reviewing four years of funding and listening to the views of stakeholders. This highlighted a need for funding for smaller, local projects with a practical focus.

The Road Safety Trust is looking for measurable interventions that link to local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures. Eligible projects are pilots/trials, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions.

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23/09/2019

National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week takes place between 23rd and 29th September 2019, which aims to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye tests.

Good eyesight is essential when using the road, no matter what age you are. If you find it difficult to read road signs, particularly those with text, it could be that your eyesight has deteriorated and you may require spectacles or contact lenses. If you are finding it a little tougher to see clearly in the dark, this may also mean you need to wear corrective lenses.

By law, drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.

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16/09/2019

Gwynedd Junior Road Safety Officers Awards

For many years Gwynedd Council's Road Safety Unit has invited the county's Primary Schools to nominate two pupils from the junior section of the school to be Junior Road Safety Officers.

The role of the young officers is to spread road safety messages to the school community by holding talks, competitions, placing posters as well as putting their own ideas into action to raise awareness of road safety. The children receive a certificate and medal at the end of their time as Junior Road Satety Officers in recognition of all their hard work.

This year, in award ceremonies organised by Gwynedd Council’s Road Safety Unit, a shield was awarded to the schools in Arfon, Dwyfor and Meirionnydd which, in the opinion of the Road Safety Unit, had done the best job of promoting and encouraging road safety.

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