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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Welsh Government To Invest In More Resilient, Cleaner and Greener Transport

Investing in low emission vehicles and creating a more resilient transport system are amongst the initiatives benefitting from £74m of Welsh Government funding to provide better, more environmentally friendly transport.

The funding, which has been announced in the Welsh Government’s budget, will take Wales further down the path to a clean, green transport network and help address the challenges of climate change.

The 2020-21 budget is the first since the declaration of a climate emergency in Wales. Spending commitments include:

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Electric Bikes Trialled in the Gwent Force Area

Electric bikes are being trialled in Gwent with the introduction of two to the force's fleet.

Chief Superintendent Ian Roberts, in charge of policing in Newport and Monmouthshire, is one of the officers testing out the new e-bikes in the force and he has been chatting to residents on his trips around Newport and Cwmbran during the last few weeks.

The bikes are equipped with a battery which allows riders to travel greater distances, climb hills with ease and provide assistance of up to 15mph.

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Options in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council road safety team, in joint partnership with South Wales Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, recently completed their final 'Options' operation for the year.

Operations were conducted throughout the year across the borough and a total of 633 people received a poignant reminder of the importance of wearing a seatbelt; not only for themselves but for other people they share a vehicle with.

By opting to receive an educational input from the fire and rescue service, the vast majority of those stopped did not receive a fine of £100 for failing to wear a seatbelt. However, Traffic Offence Reports and fines were issued for sitting on plugged-in seatbelts, driving without insurance, driving with bald tyres and a number of other road traffic offences.

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Warning To Road Users Who Ignore Bridge Signs

Road users are being advised by Pembrokeshire County Council that they could face prosecution if they ignore signs warning that the Cleddau Bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles in bad weather.

Because of the strong winds over the past few days, the bridge has been closed intermittently to high-sided vehicles.

But it hasn’t deterred some road users who have continued to cross the 820-metre bridge despite the possibility of their high-sided vehicle being blown over.

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Preferred Route For A40 Improvements Confirmed

Ken Skates, Welsh Government Economy and Transport Minister, has confirmed the preferred route for improvements between Penblewin Roundabout and Redstone Cross on the A40 in Pembrokeshire.

The proposal - Option 2B - would be built at an estimated cost of £20m. It would provide additional A40 overtaking provision in both east and west directions, with a modern “2+1” lane configuration.

It would also incorporate the provision of an overbridge on the B4313, which would maintain north-south local connectivity and improve safety. A new shared cyclist and pedestrian facility is being explored in order to encourage active travel.

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Anti Drink Driving Poster Competition Success for Bedwas High School

Bedwas High School has once again, been announced as winners of the Anti-Drink Driving Poster Competition.

Every year, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road Safety Team arrange a competition to encourage pupils to raise awareness of the risks drink driving by designing posters. Bedwas High School has continuously presented exceptional pieces of work and this year is no different with Zac Idz claiming first place and Katie Wilcox, Tegan Fletcher, Lilly Elias and Harriet Merrett all being runners up.

The competition ran from September 19th to November 4th with several secondary schools participating; the Engineering Team and Road Safety Officer, Susan Davies then selected the winners. The pupils were also invited to meet the Mayor where they received prizes from Cllr Julian Simmonds, Mayor of Caerphilly Council for their excellent artwork that depicted how drink driving can adversly affect people’s lives.  The posters are on display at Ty Penallta and the winning entry will be used on the Council’s social media pages to promote the Gwent Police Anti-Drink Driving Campaign.’

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Neyland Engagement Event for Car Enthusiasts

Police and partners are holding an event at Brunel Quay, as part of a wider plan to tackle anti-social driving concerns in Neyland. It is hoped the engagement will break down barriers between drivers, residents and police.

Sergeant Justin Williams of Pembrokeshire Roads Policing Unit, said, “The number of complaints about anti-social driving has risen recently and we are trying to look at the issue differently. We know not all car enthusiasts and car cruisers are ‘boy/girl racers’ and we don't want to stop such enthusiasts from enjoying their vehicles, as long as this is done safely and in a considerate way.

“This is aimed at being a friendly event where car enthusiasts can engage with the police and other agencies, with a view to gaining a better understanding of local community concerns. I hope that by having conversations about the effect of anti-social driving, it will help curb the problem."

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Campaign To Promote Safer Parking Around Denbighshire Schools

A clampdown on anti-social parking outside schools has taken place in Denbighshire, with Council officers carrying out spot checks at schools and speaking to a number of motorists about road safety.

Police Community Support Officers and Civil Enforcement Officers also attended schools to deter parents from parking on zig zags and double yellow lines.

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire County Council’s Head of Planning and Public Protection Services, said, “I’d like to thank all the pupils, teachers and parents who engaged with Road Safety Week in Denbighshire. The campaign to raise awareness was a success and helped spread the message that anti-social driving and parking around the county’s schools puts children’s lives in danger.

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The Legacy Project – Thanking the Wales Air Ambulance

GoSafe’s Legacy Project gives a voice to people who have been affected by serious or fatal collisions on the roads of Wales. The project aims to share their experiences and stories to positively influence the behaviour and attitude of road users.

As part of the launch event held in September, GoSafe hosted a charity auction in aid of the Wales Air Ambulance, whose dedication, professionalism and swift response plays a major role in saving countless lives. Wales Air Ambulance is run solely on donations and receives no state aid. A total of £1,145 was raised during the evening, and today members of the GoSafe team presented a cheque at the charity’s base in Llanelli.

Five families from across Wales have shared their powerful stories with GoSafe as part of the 2019 Legacy Project.

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