Written Statement: Continued Grant Funding for the First Phase 20mph Settlements

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change:

"On 17 February I updated Members on the progress with our plans to reduce the speed limit in 30mph areas to 20mph.

"Members were informed that we were trialling 20mph speed limits in eight settlements across Wales allowing us to overcome any unforeseen issues before we press forward with the national roll-out in April 2023.

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Consultation on the Updated Active Travel Network Map - Flintshire

Flintshire County Council would like to thank everyone who provided feedback on how cycling and walking provision in Flintshire could be improved.

Having carefully considered the views of over 2,600 people with other relevant information and a draft Active Travel Network Map (ATNM) has been produced.

The resulting draft plan has had many more kilometres of route added when compared to the original map.

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Cycle Training Instructors Wanted for Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire County Council is currently recruiting 4 Cycle Training instructors to deliver its courses to children, young people and adults across the county.

The successful post holders will report to the Road Safety Officer and assist in achieving national and local objectives in reducing cycling casualties, while increasing cycling confidence and promoting active travel through the delivery of National Standards Cycle Training.

Applications are welcomed online before the closing date at noon on the 10th September 2021.

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Operation Red Mana: Tackling Off-Road Bikes

South Wales Police is aware of the impact that off-road bikes is having on communities across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

A number of operations with Cardiff Council’s off-road team have already been carried out this summer and these will continue.

A dedicated e-mail address is available for the public to report non-urgent information about the illegal and anti-social use of off-road bikes.

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Greener, Longer Goods Vehicles Could Be Rolled Out Next Year

Greener, longer goods vehicles could become a permanent fixture on Britain’s roads as early as next year, the UK Government has announced.

This comes as the Department for Transport has published its response to its consultation on the introduction of longer-semi trailers (LSTs).

It follows a nine-year trial of the vehicles - which can be up to 15.65 metres in length - that found them to be safer, more economical and better for the environment.

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Village Speeding Concerns Prompt Action

Local residents have been working with Police and the Local Authority to tackle speeding in South Powys. 

Residents of Trefecca, near Talgarth reported an increase in speeding and overall volume in traffic in the village earlier this year.  The issue had been exacerbated by the long term closure of the A479, Talgarth to Abergavenny trunk road (via Pengenffordd) which only recently re-opened to vehicular traffic.

Local residents raised the matter with local leaders which led to a site visit by Dafydd Llywellyn – Police and Crime commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police.

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Motorcyclists Urged to Stay Safe

Motorcyclists are being reminded to ride safely as part of a new campaign by Carmarthenshire County Council’s road safety team.

Yellow ‘Ride Safely’ signs have been installed at key locations around the county that are widely used by bikers, reminding them to take extra care.

They can be seen on routes including the A4069 Llandovery to Llangadog, the A484 Pwll to Burry Port, the B4304 at Penclacwydd, Llanelli, and the A4066 Laugharne to Pendine.

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If You’re Illegally Riding a Privately Owned E-scooter – STOP!

This summer, some people may be considering purchasing an e-scooter, which have become an increasingly common sight as people are still looking at alternatives to public transport or a way to reduce car use.

However, it is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on public roads, pavements or cycle paths. Road Safety Wales would like to advise anyone contemplating purchasing or using an e-scooter, that they risk being issued with a £300 fine, 6 penalty points on their driving licence and having the e-scooter seized.

Additionally, for any driver or motorcyclist that has passed their driving test in the last two years it could result in a driving disqualification and the need to re-take both the theory and practical driving test.

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New 20mph Speed Limit to be Introduced in Llanelli

A new 20mph speed limit is being introduced in a large area of Llanelli as part of a Welsh Government rollout to reduce the national default speed limit.

Llanelli North, which covers Dafen, some parts of Felinfoel and the Llanerch area, has been chosen as one of eight communities in Wales to trial a reduced national speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in residential areas and busy pedestrian streets.

Evidence shows that lower speeds result in fewer collisions and reduces the severity of injuries, and in particular, where 20mph limits are introduced, there is a reduction in the number of casualties.

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One-Way System for St Davids Returns to Create Room for Pedestrians

A temporary one-way road system has been introduced in St Davids to create more room for pedestrians.

It follows similar measures taken last summer in response to concerns over the city’s narrow pavements, and aims to create more space for visitors and residents to enjoy the city.

The new system will see High Street become one-way from Oriel y Parc (the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park visitor centre) to Cross Square. This will allow the footway along the whole route to be considerably widened and marked using traffic cones.

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