Hawthorn Safe Routes in Communities scheme to start on site

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has announced that work will soon get underway to improve local pedestrian facilities and the safe routes to school in Hawthorn - to complement the major investment in modern education facilities being delivered for the community later this year.

The Hawthorn Safe Routes in Communities scheme will begin from Monday, May 13, with the likelihood of some minor advanced works commencing the week before. The investment will be focused on Cardiff Road, School Lane and Ynyslyn Road – which are key routes for pupils and families walking and cycling to Hawthorn Primary School and Hawthorn High School each day.

From September 2024, the new 3-16 school Ysgol Afon Wen will open for the community on the current primary and secondary school site. The major, joint investment with the Welsh Government’s Sustainably Communities for Learning Programme will deliver a first-class new school building and external facilities.

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Vale of Glamorgan Council Secures Welsh Government Funding for Enhanced Road Safety and Active Travel Initiatives

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has secured funding from the Welsh Government for various transport initiatives, totalling £3,759,954.

The funding is dedicated to enhancing travel infrastructure and road safety, encompassing safer community routes and improved active travel.

The Active Travel funding is allocated exclusively for designated transport projects, secured through a competitive bidding process open to local authorities.

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Green light for highway improvements linked to new teaching block at Bryntirion Comprehensive School

Bridgend County Borough Council has agreed to fund necessary highway improvements linked to the building of an additional teaching block at Bryntirion Comprehensive School.

Bryntirion Comprehensive School has capital funding earmarked for a new four-classroom teaching block. The additional space is to accommodate the rising number of pupils coming from housing developments in the school’s catchment area, with developers significantly contributing to the cost of the construction of the new classrooms.

Part of the planning conditions for the school’s expansion is adjustments to the active travel or highway arrangements surrounding the school.

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Hop on for exciting Pembrokeshire e-bike trial

Residents and visitors to four Pembrokeshire areas are being invited to get on their bikes following the introduction of an exciting pay as you go e-bike trial.

Thanks to funding of £150,000 from the Swansea Bay and South West Wales Metro programme, the trial will run in Haverfordwest, Fishguard & Goodwick and Tenby for 12 months.

The trial, which starts on Monday 15th April, will see a fleet of e-bikes provided for members of the public to use for commuting, leisure and local activities.

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Plans underway for grant funding bid to reopen popular path

Pembrokeshire County Council is finalising plans to bid for Welsh Government funding to repair and reopen the recently closed Wiseman’s Bridge to Saundersfoot path.

The popular route, which is also a section of the National Cycle Route 4, had to be closed on safety grounds following landslips in November, December and most recently February.

Pembrokeshire County Council understands the concern among residents about local access and that a plan is needed to address the issue with landslides attributed to heavy rainfall over recent months.

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Denbighshire County Council begins active travel improvements

Denbighshire County Council has started works to introduce a series of active travel enhancements in Lower Denbigh.

The works, which are grant funded from the Welsh Government Active Travel Fund specifically for the improvement of active travel, aims to reduce the number of short everyday journeys that are undertaken in motor vehicles and increase levels of active travel in Denbighshire.

These enhancements will create safer walking and cycling routes to key local amenities and enable people to make healthier, greener, and cheaper travel choices.

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Work begins on Holywell safer route

Flintshire County Council’s Streetscene and Transportation team is pleased to confirm that £487k funding has been secured to carry out a new safer route in the town.

Thanks to funding from Welsh Government, the footpath along the A5026 Holway Road and Whitford Street will be widened, making it safer and more accessible for pupils, parents and the wider community.

It follows a 4-week public consultation in September 2023 where residents were invited to attend a drop-in information event and encouraged to have their say on which routes they’d like to see improved.

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Local scheme in Church Village to improve walking routes to school

A series of improvements will be delivered in the weeks ahead as part of the Church Village Safe Routes in Communities scheme – focusing on upgrading pedestrian facilities on streets near Llanilltud Faerdref Primary School.

From today, Monday, 29 January, work will begin to establish a safer environment for pedestrians that encourages people to walk more of their local journeys – including families travelling to and from their local primary school. The Council has appointed ERH Communications Ltd as the contractor to deliver the work from Monday. The scheme will last around nine weeks in total, and includes:

  • Improving sections of footway, while installing and upgrading informal crossing points using tactile paving where it is necessary.
  • Delivering kerb line improvements at the southern junction between St. Illtyds Road and Cae Fardre, which will shorten the crossing distance.
  • Cutting back vegetation at a number of locations where it has become overgrown and is an obstruction to Public Right of Way footpaths.
  • Constructing a new footway on the southern side of Cae Fardre, between Birch Grove and the playing field access, to formalise a link to the playing fields.
  • Removing 40-metres of the layby located to the east of the junction with Station Road, to create a continuous footway at this location.
  • Improving the existing footway that stretches along the entrance to Ty Illtyd Car Park and around the junction to St Illtyds Road.

Welsh Government announced that the Council has secured £340,000 funding for these works in Church Village during June 2023, as part of its 2023/24 Safe Routes in Communities scheme. This represents an 80% contribution, and the remainder will be provided by Council match funding.

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Views sought on new walking and cycling route into Swansea

A new safe walking and cycling route could be created along a main route into Swansea city centre.

Swansea Council previously received funding from the Welsh Government's Active Travel programme to help design a walking and cycling route, linking Sketty and Uplands to the city centre.

The Council has now come up with a design option which would see pavements and pedestrian crossings upgraded along Walter Road and Sketty Road as well as in Uplands.

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Work progresses on Williams Field Lane to Monnow Bridge Active Travel Route

Starting from 22nd January, Monmouthshire County Council will begin work on a new active travel route, the Williams Field Lane to Monnow Bridge Active Travel Route. 

This project is funded by the Welsh Government Active Travel Fund and Core Active Allocation Fund, and it aims to develop a brand-new active travel route in Monmouth.

This route is a crucial part of the comprehensive Active Travel network. It will provide direct access to Monnow Bridge and the services and facilities within the town centre. The path will connect Williams Field Lane to Monmouth town centre via Wonastow Road and Drybridge Street. It will also provide connections from Rockfield Road skatepark to the town centre.

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