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27/01/2020

Driver Theory Refresher Workshops For Mature Drivers In Powys

Mature drivers in Powys are being given the opportunity to brush up on their road knowledge thanks to free workshops organised by the county council.

Powys County Council's Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 25 February at 10am - Newtown
  • Wednesday, 26 February at 1:30pm - Machynlleth
  • Monday, 2 March at 10am - Crickhowell
  • Monday, 9 March at 10am - Ystradgynlais
  • Tuesday, 10 March at 10am - Rhayader

Aimed at drivers in the county aged 65 years and over, the two-hour classroom-based informal workshop will provide attendees a reminder of the Highway Code and driver licence requirements. It will also cover topics including night-time driving, medicine and alcohol laws and personal safety behind the wheel.

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23/01/2020

Public Consultation - Improving Transport Links Between Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil

Residents of Merthyr Tydfil and the Cynon Valley are being consulted on plans to improve transport links between the two valleys. Opinions are being sought on bus services and more direct and safe Active Travel routes, such as reopening the Abernant to Merthyr Tunnel for walking and cycling.

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Councils are working together with the aim of making the journey easier for people who travel between Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil for reasons including work, education, shopping and entertainment.

The plan is for improved Active Travel routes, as these are currently limited to the seven-mile stretch of main road linking the valleys, with some very steep sections and high volumes of traffic.

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15/01/2020

£2bn Transport Vision Revealed for Cardiff

A transport vision designed to transform Cardiff and South East Wales' transport network has been unveiled by Cardiff Council.

The council's Transport White Paper, lays out an ambitious 10-year plan to tackle the climate emergency, reduce congestion and improve air quality in the Welsh capital.

It lists a series of projects which could revolutionise public transport options in Cardiff and the region, including:

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14/01/2020

Welsh Government to Reduce Flood Risk and Improve Connectivity, Safety and Active Travel at Dyfi Bridge

The proposed new Dyfi Bridge on the A487 north of Machynlleth, has been given the go-ahead by Welsh Government Transport Minister Ken Skates.

The £46m scheme will improve road safety, strengthen links between communities, provide active travel opportunities and build resilience against flooding, as well as improve transport connectivity to help stimulate further economic development in this part of Wales.

The current Dyfi Bridge is a 19th century stone narrow bridge with poor visibility and no footways. The river Dyfi frequently floods, severing communities on either side of the bridge, with these incidents likely to increase because of climate change. The bridge’s closures can impact on the community’s ability to access key services such as healthcare, education and public transport in Machynlleth and beyond.

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13/01/2020

Over 200 Drivers Arrested in North Wales During The Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign

North Wales Police has reported that the month-long campaign, which ran from 1st December 2019 to 1st January 2020, resulted in 100 drink driving arrests and 101 drug driving arrests across the region.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Armed Alliance, local policing as well as the Special Constabulary were deployed across North Wales to carry out stop checks and used intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspot areas to detect people driving whilst under the influence.

Superintendent Jane Banham, Head of the Roads Policing Unit for North Wales Police said, “More than 200 drivers had a Christmas and New Year to remember for all the wrong reasons – after being arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving.

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09/01/2020

Young Drivers Targeted in Tywyn, Gwynedd

Young drivers in Tywyn have been targeted by police in an operation to clamp down on anti-social driving.

Officers from the Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and the local policing team carried out a dedicated campaign focussing on the Tywyn area due to several complaints from local residents.

In response to the concerns, the local PCSO’s for the area linked in with the Road Safety Unit to arrange the operation to target those driving modified vehicles in an anti-social manner and at excess speed on the High Street in Tywyn.

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08/01/2020

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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03/01/2020

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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02/01/2020

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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24/12/2019

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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