Right Place. Right Time. Right Reason.

GoSafe has recently announced more details about their the new deployment strategy.

Speed cameras and enforcement vans have become a common sight on the roads and communities of Wales over the last few decades.

GoSafe place cameras where people have been killed or injured, where excessive speeds have been recorded, for special operations such as enforcing not wearing a seatbelt or at sites of community concern.

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Switch It Off!

Research has shown that operating a handheld or hands-free mobile phone when driving or riding a vehicle is a significant distraction and substantially increases the risk of the driver being involved in a collision.

You are four times more likely to be involved in a collision, injuring or killing yourself and/or other people, if you use a mobile phone while driving - whatever you’re doing with it.

Many vehicles now have Bluetooth or handsfree kits installed, but using a handsfree phone does not significantly reduce the risk because the issues are caused mainly by the mental distraction and divided attention of having a phone conversation at the same time as you're driving.

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Cardiff Bus Interchange Gets Go-Ahead

Cardiff’s much anticipated bus interchange has been confirmed as part of a deal between the Welsh Government, Legal & General and Rightacres Property.

The bus interchange, to be operated by Transport for Wales, will have bays for 14 buses and coaches on the north side of Cardiff Central railway station, and there are plans for future developments to the south, which will see the creation of an additional 4 bays within the Cardiff Central station complex.

As part of the development, on street bus stands for local services which do not terminate at Cardiff Central, and which would otherwise have their journey times extended by entering the station, will also be upgraded so that they have the same look and feel as the bus station, for example by including the bus station’s information services, wayfinding and design.

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Motorcycles in Bus Lanes Trial

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is to trial allowing motorcycles to use bus lanes along two routes in the county.

Under the scheme, they would be able to travel within the lanes for several hundred metres on Port Road, between Barry and Culverhouse Cross, and a section of Cardiff Road, from Eastbrook in Dinas Powys to the Merrie Harrier junction.

The move comes after representations from motorcyclists and motorcycling groups and the successful introduction of similar measures in other parts of the country.

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£2.5m for Highway Maintenance in the Vale of Glamorgan

A programme of investment into highway maintenance totalling just over £2.5m has been agreed by Vale of Glamorgan Council.

The three year resurfacing plan approved by the Council’s cabinet sets out a priority listing for roads in need of improvement throughout the local highway network. In total, 114 roads are due to be resurfaced over the course of the plan and 66 are due to receive preventative ‘micro-asphalt’ or surface dressing treatments.

Councillor Peter King, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport said, “Prosperity in the Vale of Glamorgan is very much dependent on an effective transport infrastructure. The agreed plan provides the foundation for this and for delivering a well-maintained and managed highway network for our residents.

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Road Safety Statement 2019: A Lifetime of Road Safety

The Department for Transport has published an update to its 2015 Road Safety Statement; with increased penalties for failing to wear a seatbelt being one of seventy-four measures being considered to improve road safety for people at every stage of life, from birth to old age.

Under the new plans, failure to wear a seatbelt could result in penalty points as well as fines, to reduce the number of deaths on UK roads.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said, “The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but we are not complacent and continue to look at how we can make them safer.

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Gwent Pupils Design Fatal 5 Posters

Young people from across Gwent recently took part in a GoSafe competition to design a poster linked to the Fatal 5; the main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales.

Part of the brief was to fill the page with as much colour as possible and the winning posters certainly have!

The posters were created by Gwent Police Heddlu Bach (Mini Police). Each school has approximately 20 children who take on the Heddlu Bach role and Gwent Police is one of the few forces that has these amazing young people as part of their wider policing family.

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Welsh Government to Tackle Pavement Parking

Speaking at an Active Travel conference in Cardiff recently, the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters announced that the Welsh Government would be putting together an expert group to explore ways of clamping down more widely on illegal parking, as well as pavement parking across Wales.

The Deputy Minister also repeated the Welsh Government’s commitment to change the default speed limit for residential areas across Wales from 30 to 20mph.

He said, “Our goal is for people of all ages and abilities to be confident that they can make every day journeys by walking and cycling, and do so safely. But there are barriers in our villages, towns and cities to allow this to easily happen and this is something we must look at ways of addressing – not least as part of our wider response to the climate emergency, the air quality crisis and the obesity epidemic.

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Roads Policing Review Announced to Improve Safety

The Department for Transport (Dft) has announced a ground-breaking, two-year review of roads policing and traffic enforcement, in a bid to improve road safety. The review will consider how roads policing currently works, its effectiveness, and where improvements could be made or gaps bridged.

A pilot programme based on the review and consultation feedback, which could trial new initiatives and methods of working to see what works best in reducing road casualties, could begin as early as next year.

Road Safety Minister Michael Ellis said, “We have strong laws in place to ensure people are kept safe on our roads at all times.

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Transport Grants to Keep Neath Port Talbot Moving in 2019/20

Neath Port Talbot Council has been granted Welsh Government Transport Funding of more than £1.6m this year to help maintain and improve the County Borough’s roads, paths and cycle routes.

The grants have come from a variety of funds including the Local Transport Fund, Local Transport Network Fund, Active Travel Fund, Road Safety Capital Fund, Road Safety Revenue Fund and the Safe Routes in Communities project.

Neath Port Talbot Council Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering, Councillor Ted Latham said, “We’re having a busy time improving, maintaining and updating our transport system.

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