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12/05/2020

Councils Challenged To Change Wales’ Transport Environment During Coronavirus Lockdown

Lee Waters, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Transport Minister, has written to all local authorities inviting them to submit proposals for temporary measures that would improve the conditions for sustainable and active travel.

Coronavirus restrictions have led to significant reductions in traffic on roads, fewer people using public transport, and more people walking and cycling. The Welsh Government’s call to action is driven by the expectation that social distancing will need to be observed for months to come, as well as uncertainty around future transport patterns.

The lockdown has also seen a huge uptake in digital remote working, bringing the need to travel long distances for work into question.

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11/05/2020

Re-modelling Cardiff's Public Space For Safety

Extending pavement space into the road, creating temporary cycleways, removing street furniture, carrying out a speed awareness campaign and re-designing public space around neighbourhood shopping centres are just some of the ideas being put forward by Cardiff Council immediately as part of the ongoing COVID-19 response.

Cardiff Council has been working hard behind the scenes to bring forward a number of pilot schemes designed to keep the public safe and able to socially distance in public spaces.

Cllr Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport at Cardiff Council said, "With social distancing expected to be the ‘new normal' for some time to come, this does pose a significant challenge both for residents and the local authority.

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29/04/2020

Road Safety Wales Poster Competition

Young people aged up to 18 are invited to design a poster that will promote the safe use of active travel, the benefits of 20 mph speed limits on communities or to encourage safer driver behaviour across Wales. The winning entries will be shared on Road Safety Wales Partner social media channels.

Competition Guidelines

  1. Posters should ideally be A4 in size and of landscape orientation, not portrait.
  2. Artwork can be created using digital or non-digital formats.
  3. Only one entry per person is permitted.
  4. Entries should be submitted to Road Safety Wales, 2 Cwrt-y-Parc, Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5GH or communication@roadsafetywales.org.uk.
  5. All artwork must be original and not subject to copyright laws or discriminate toward any individual, company or organisation (such as showing alcohol or cigarette brands).
  6. The winning entries will be judged on originality, creativity, impact and the message being portrayed.

Winning entries will receive a cheque for £50 from Road Safety Wales and up to 5 winners will be selected after the competition closes on Friday 12th June 2020.

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12/03/2020

Active Travel Work Nears Completion

Work on the creation of a £1.5m safe pedestrian and cycle route linking both Pencoed and Coychurch to Bridgend will be completed by the end of March.

Work has been ongoing on the new routes for the last few months with traffic measures and diversions in place.

The project involves the construction of:

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06/03/2020

Pedestrian Crossing Safety Improvements in Penrhiwceiber

Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC will begin a series of improvements to a pedestrian crossing in Penrhiwceiber next week to increase safety.

Work on the pedestrian crossing at B4275 Penrhiwceiber Road – near the medical centre and paddling pool – will begin from Monday, 9 March. The scheme will provide a safer environment for pedestrians and road users.

The work will move the crossing point a short distance away from the junction, while the kerb will also be realigned to improve the left turn onto Cross Street for southbound traffic. The scheme will also include extending the electrical ducting and cabling, along with carriageway resurfacing and road markings.

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26/02/2020

Cardiff's School Active Travel Plan Launched

The launch of Cardiff Council’s School Active Travel Plan programme, took place recently at Howardian Primary School in Pen-y-lan.

Through the programme the council provides advice and support to all schools, enabling them develop an Active Travel Plan specific to their school. It provides officer support and online guidance and resources to help change travel behaviour by assisting schools to identify why parents are using cars.

The scheme will help schools to promote walking, cycling and scooting as a way of travelling to and from school, with the benefits of:

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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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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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