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08/08/2022

Council presses ahead with road safety plans for schools

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is to press ahead with plans to make road safety changes on the highway at two primary schools with the agreement of local residents.

Concerns had been raised about safety at St Mary’s Catholic and Caedraw Primary schools due to the number of cars parking on pavements on a road that has access-only restrictions.

Proposals to create a better highway environment include providing an ‘on road’ cycle lane, prohibition of waiting, loading and unloading at any time, and the addition of ‘school keep clear’ notices, as well as maintaining the existing parking for taxis.

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03/08/2022

Council funds bicycle travel for Vale school

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has invested £10k purchasing bicycles and equipment for a Vale school to help encourage active travel.

The funding, which comes from the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Fund Grant has been used to purchase 15 bikes, bike locks, helmets and a storage container for Whitmore Highschool.

The bikes will be used for travelling to and from sports events, lessons, field trips and training. The bikes may also be loaned and used by teachers and pupils to get to and from school.

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25/07/2022

Construction work underway at new active travel route for Bridgend employment site

Construction work on a new active travel route for the strategic employment site at Brocastle in Bridgend has started, thanks to a £2 million investment by the Welsh Government.

The route, which is about 3km south-east of Bridgend town centre and runs parallel with the A48, will link the 116 acre site at Brocastle with the Waterton roundabout, 2km to the north-west.

A 2km cycleway, kerbing and surfacing works, new signalised road crossings, replacement traffic signals and street lighting will be built. The £2 million funding for the route, which is being provided by the Welsh Government, is the final package of the wider infrastructure works on the Brocastle site.

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30/06/2022

Merthyr Tydfil CBC Consulting on Road Safety Plans for Schools

The Council is consulting residents about plans to make changes on the highway at two primary schools, due to road safety concerns.

Residents of Caedraw Road outside St Mary’s Catholic and Caedraw Primary schools have received letters asking them to take part in a survey, on proposals to create a better highway environment.

Concerns have been raised about road safety at the location due to the number of cars parking on pavements on a road that has 'access only' restrictions.

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16/06/2022

More Funding for Walking and Cycling in Swansea

Walking and cycling routes in Swansea are set to be expanded after Swansea Council secured millions in Welsh Government funding.

 The Council has received confirmation from the WG of more than £8 million of transport funding which will be invested in the city's growing walking and cycle network.

Part of the funding will also be used to improve main routes in the city for public transport, in a bid to improve bus services and speed up journeys for passengers.

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06/06/2022

Bridgend County Borough Council awarded Active Travel Fund grant of just over £5 million

Bridgend County Borough Council is delighted to have secured a grant worth just over £5 million as part of the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Fund.

The funding will benefit residents by creating safe and accessible cycling and walking routes which will encourage people to not be so reliant on cars.

This will also play a key part in helping Bridgend County Borough Council achieve its target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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13/05/2022

Investment to Encourage Cycle Use and Help Wales Meet Net Zero

Getting people out of cars and on to bikes is the aim of a £50 million investment announced by Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters.

Speaking on a visit to Cardiff-based cycling charity Pedal Power, the Deputy Minister said the money would fund cycling routes and new facilities right across Wales.

Deputy Minister for Climate Change, with a responsibility for Transport, Lee Waters said, This is a substantial investment and part of our commitment to making cycling easier so people cut the amount of journeys they take by car and travel in a way that is better for our planet.

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27/04/2022

Climate Ambassadors Focus on Active Travel

Community climate ambassadors met with representatives from Torfaen Council recently to discuss plans to increase active travel in the borough.

Road Safety Strategy Officer Pat Bates outlined what the council has done to improve active travel routes since the introduction of the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Act and outlined what the authority plans to do over the next few years.

During the presentation, Pat Bates said, “Since 2017 the council has created new walking and cycling routes, improved existing routes, and widened pavements on busy pedestrians routes to school.

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25/04/2022

National Rollout of the Travel to School Hands Up Survey

Active School Travel (AST) has multiple health, social and economic benefits for individuals and communities. Increasing AST will increase physical activity, improve air quality and have positive impacts on climate change.

Children who regularly walk to school can meet between 25-35% of their recommended amount of physical activity per school day. AST can also develop self-confidence; skills in assessing and managing risk, problem solving, social skills and can improve educational attainment. At a community and population level, increased AST can reduce motorised traffic volumes through modal shift, thereby decreasing pollution levels and reducing road danger.

Public Health Wales will be shortly rolling out the national Travel to School Hands Up Survey to all maintained primary schools in Wales. This validated survey will measure children’s self-reported mode of travel to school and will provide a clear picture and understanding of active school travel levels (e.g., walking, cycling, scooting) in Wales.

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11/03/2022

Cardiff school children welcome Wales’ largest 20mph pilot

Safer streets save lives and improves our quality of life was the message from the Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters today as he welcomed the rollout of Wales’s largest 20mph pilot in Cardiff North.

Cardiff North is one of eight pilots that is being rolled out in communities across Wales to help test the process of reducing Wales’ national default speed limit on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets from 30mph to 20mph by 2023.

The pilots are part of wider consultation work that the Welsh Government is undertaking to understand public feedback on the change. Online focus groups with residents from communities involved in the first phase, independently commissioned research, and a public consultation, results out today, are all being considered ahead of a full rollout next year.

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