A 24/7 Air Ambulance for Wales

Thanks to the donations from the people of Wales, the Wales Air Ambulance has achieved its ambition to become a 24/7 service.

From this month, the charity, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2021, will start operating an overnight helicopter. The cost of running a 24/7 operation is £8 million, meaning Wales Air Ambulance must raise an additional £1.5 million per annum.

The helicopter operation is supported by the people of Wales through charitable donations, with the medical capability on board delivered thanks to a unique third sector-public sector partnership between the charity, the Welsh Government and NHS Wales.

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Keeping You Moving Night And Day

With the colder mornings and nights now upon us, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is doing all it can to keep the main roads open and residents moving while on their essential journeys.

This is an unprecedented year, first dealing with the severe floods, followed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which continues to affect all of our lives.

Throughout all of this, Council staff have continued with kerbside collections, street cleansing and highways maintenance and praise and comments have been received from residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf, who appreciate all the work being carried out by dedicated Streetcare teams.

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New Draft Transport Strategy From The Welsh Government

The Welsh Government today published its new draft Transport Strategy pledging a major reduction in carbon emissions from the transport network in Wales.

Transport currently makes up 17% of Wales’ carbon emissions but the Welsh Government has committed to set new and stretching five year priorities to tackle carbon emissions as it seeks to meet decarbonisation targets.

The draft strategy, ‘Llwybr Newydd – New Path’, will shape Wales’ transport system over the next two decades. It sets out a range of new ambitions to reshape transport in Wales, including a new sustainable transport hierarchy that will help shape investments towards greener transport options.

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Two Forces, One Mission - To Tackle Impaired Driving

Gwent Police and Gloucestershire Constabulary are collaborating in an operation to target those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Following the easing of restriction across Wales and the month-long lockdown in place throughout England, local police forces are concerned that drivers will run the risk of driving under the influence as they take advantage of the differences between the two nations.

Alcohol and drugs significantly impact on a person’s ability to drive safely. By choosing to the get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence, a driver increases the chance of causing harm or fatalities.

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Gwent Healthy Travel Charter

More than 20 leading public sector organisations across Gwent have committed to the Healthy Travel Charter, a commitment which supports and encourages sustainable travel.

The charter identifies 15 ambitious commitments to promote walking, cycling, agile working and the use of public transport and ultra-low emission vehicles.

The public sector in Gwent employs almost one in three working adults. By working together, public sector organisations across Gwent aim to increase sustainable journeys made to and from workplaces, reducing the impact on the environment and improving health in Gwent for current and future generations.

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Dates For Pass Plus Cymru Courses

Pass Plus Cymru courses are currently available in the following areas:

Newport City Council
14 November 2020
25 February 2021

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
1 December 2020
26 January 2021
2 March 2021

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Operation Drive Insured

North Wales Police is supporting the national Operation Drive Insured campaign aimed at reducing the numbers of uninsured drivers using the region’s roads. During a week of enforcement action, officers across the country have been conducting an enhanced policing operation aimed at detecting and seizing uninsured vehicles.

The operation is co-ordinated by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) and partners, to help highlight the issue of uninsured driving. Each year in the UK over 130 people are killed and 26,000 are left injured in collisions caused by uninsured and untraced drivers, linking them to nearly one in every five road traffic collisions. This equates to one casualty every 20 minutes.

Since January 1st North Wales Police has seized 979 vehicles due to no insurance. Whilst statistics tell us that uninsured drivers cause more collisions, there is another consequence - higher premiums for other drivers.

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Safer Routes In The Community Consultation, Shotton, Flintshire

Flintshire County Council is seeking views on a number of Welsh Government funded highway schemes in Shotton.

In recent years, Flintshire County Council has received a number of concerns from residents and local members regarding both increasing levels of congestion and speed of traffic in the vicinity of both Ysgol Ty Fynnon and Ysgol Croes Atti. Particular concern was raised in relation to motorists ignoring the advisory speed limit of 20 mph in the immediate vicinity of the schools with many residents concerned for the safety of the children who use this route on a daily basis.

Many of the problems identified along the routes related to high levels of vehicle usage and associated congestion both in the immediate area of the schools and along a number of access routes to the school.

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Road Traffic Crashes Report – Public Health Wales

A new report published by Public Health Wales has looked in to the effects of the full Wales COVID-19 lockdown on road traffic crashes.

Between January and May 2020 the work identified a decrease of nearly 47 per cent in health service treatment of road traffic crash injuries compared with the same period in 2019.

Dr Sarah Jones, Consultant in Public Health said, “Unfortunately road traffic crashes are a consequence of transport and travel. At a time of significant change to our transport and travel behaviours we also saw that injuries sustained in road traffic crashes were almost halved.

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Unadopted Roads Taskforce

Written Statement: Response to the report and recommendations from the Unadopted Roads Taskforce - Ken Skates MS, Minister for Economy and Transport and North Wales.

Last year, I commissioned an expert Taskforce to identify the extent of the issues regarding unadopted roads in Wales and see what could be done to improve the situation.

Chaired by Huw Morgan of the WLGA and former Director of Sustainable Communities for Ceredigion Council, the Taskforce had a flexible membership of skilled practitioners and professionals. These included representatives from the Home Builders Federations and Federation of Master Builders, highway engineers, members of the County Surveyors Society (CSS) and planners from Planning Officers Society Wales (POSW). It investigated issues associated with all types of unadopted roads and the difficulties arising as a result of no clear ownership or accountability for maintenance.

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