News

13/09/2019

Vale Residents Urged to Report Use of Off-road Vehicles

Following a number of complaints regarding the use of off-road bikes and quad bikes, with particular concern for young children sat on the laps of drivers, the Vale of Glamorgan Council has backed a plea made by the Safer Vale Partnership for residents to report instances of off-road vehicles being used in the community. 

Residents are reminded that the following vehicles are classified as not suitable for use on roads or pavements: Quad bikes, scooters/small machines that have a petrol engine, and mini motos/go-peds that are powered by an electric motor.

The size and the speed of the bike, including those that are designed for children, are not exemptions from traffic laws. Furthermore, such bikes can only carry passengers if designed to do so and has the correct number of seats to accommodate both driver and passengers.  It is an offence for the driver to have a child or passenger either on their lap, or behind them whilst driving.

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11/09/2019

Keeping the School Gates Clear

With the new school year now well underway, Torfaen County Borough Council is encouraging safe behaviour around the school gates by highlighting solutions to ease congestion and improve safety.

Many parents believe that driving their children to school keeps them safe, but each journey increases traffic and congestion. It's understandable that some parents and carers have no alternative but to drive their children to school, however many are driving short distances where walking is a real option.

Even those who have to drive can do their bit by starting their journey five minutes earlier, parking away from the school and walking for part of the journey. Also it is now known that air pollution inside the car is generally higher than that experienced by pedestrians in the street.  

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02/09/2019

Neath Port Talbot Council Trials Innovative Pothole Repairs

Road repair crews in Neath Port Talbot have been trialling a new pothole repair method which uses a thermoplastic based substance instead of traditional tarmac.

The Council reports that initial results suggest the use of the new material could be faster, cleaner and less expensive. Compared to traditional methods, the repair is a speedy process, no excavation is required and little to no waste is produced when works are undertaken.

A Council spokesman said, “In the trial, a total of two hundred and fifteen square metres was repaired in around two days using approximately three tonnes of material.

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27/08/2019

Progress from ‘Wobble to Road’ with Free Confidence-building Course

Merthyr Tydfil residents who want to take up cycling but aren’t confident on the road are being taught cycling skills in a free eight-week course.

The success of a pilot ‘Wobble to Road’ project, in which seven people progressed from cycling around a school athletics track to a 20-mile road ride, has resulted in joint organisers Active Merthyr and Merthyr Triathlon Club planning a second course this September.

Active Merthyr Community Sports Co-ordinator Jennifer Evans said, “This course is aimed at anyone wanting to get back in the saddle and develop confidence in cycling in a safe manner. We also want to get more people cycling in Merthyr and using our great network of trails and the roads around them.

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21/08/2019

Ceredigion School Crossing Patrol Officer Scoops Road Safety Wales Award

On 10 July at the annual Road Safety Wales Conference, Dawn Davies was presented with a Road Safety Wales Award for her long standing service and commitment as the School Crossing Patrol Officer at St Padarn's Catholic Primary School for over 13 years.

Dawn Davies was nominated for this award by her colleagues in the Road Safety team and Dawn has now stepped down from her position to begin a new chapter in her life.

Kayleigh Tonkins, a member of the Road Safety team said, “A big thank you to Dawn from all her colleagues in the Road Safety team; she has been a pleasure to work with and will be sorely missed by the pupils old and new. This award is just a small recognition to the hard work and dedication she has shown to the safety of the pupils at St Padarn's come rain or shine.”

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19/08/2019

Swansea City Centre Bottleneck to be Improved to Cut Queues

Swansea Council has secured funding via the Welsh Government Local Transport Network Fund to introduce major traffic improvements aimed at easing congestion at a traffic bottleneck in Swansea

Traffic engineers in the Council have estimated that waiting times at the junction where Vivian Road, Broadway, Cockett Road and Townhill Road connect, could quadruple in future years if changes are not implemented.

The scheme will see traffic signals replace two mini roundabouts which are currently in place. Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said, "At peak times, this junction becomes very busy and congested.

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16/08/2019

More Safe Routes for Walking and Cycling in Bridgend

More than £3.6m worth of transport and active travel improvements will be made in Bridgend County Borough over the next year thanks to grants from the Welsh Government.

A total of £3,657,980 has been awarded to Bridgend County Borough Council to fund construction work of new safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists, new active travel routes and accessibility improvements at a number of bus stops. The funding also allows the council to provide road safety and cycle training for schoolchildren, as well as Pass Plus Cymru courses for new drivers.

The active travel improvements being planned by the council include new shared pedestrian and cycling routes linking Brackla to Bridgend town centre, between Pencoed and the Pencoed Technology Park, a route connecting Coychurch with both the Waterton Industrial Estate and Retail Park, and improvements around Coity. Work on all of these schemes is due to start in October and be completed by spring 2020.

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14/08/2019

More Charging Points Across Carmarthenshire for Electric Vehicles

Llanelli, Burry Port, Ammanford, Carmarthen, Gwendraeth Valley and Llandeilo are the latest locations in Carmarthenshire to benefit from electric vehicle charging points.

Carmarthenshire County Council secured funding for the plug-in chargers via successful bids to Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund and On-street Residential Charge Point Scheme, as part of the council’s ongoing efforts to support sustainability and to become a net zero carbon local authority by 2030.

The proposed 7kw-22kw (fast chargers) will charge a compatible electric vehicle in 3-5 hours and all current charge point locations can be found on the Carmarthenshire County Council website

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09/08/2019

Right Place. Right Time. Right Reason.

GoSafe has recently announced more details about their the new deployment strategy.

Speed cameras and enforcement vans have become a common sight on the roads and communities of Wales over the last few decades.

GoSafe place cameras where people have been killed or injured, where excessive speeds have been recorded, for special operations such as enforcing not wearing a seatbelt or at sites of community concern.

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07/08/2019

Switch It Off!

Research has shown that operating a handheld or hands-free mobile phone when driving or riding a vehicle is a significant distraction and substantially increases the risk of the driver being involved in a collision.

You are four times more likely to be involved in a collision, injuring or killing yourself and/or other people, if you use a mobile phone while driving - whatever you’re doing with it.

Many vehicles now have Bluetooth or handsfree kits installed, but using a handsfree phone does not significantly reduce the risk because the issues are caused mainly by the mental distraction and divided attention of having a phone conversation at the same time as you're driving.

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