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.

Read More >


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.

Read More >


Written Statement: The First “Future Generations Report” by the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Last week marked 5 years since the Well-being of the Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 became Welsh law. A world first, which has changed the way Wales plans for the future.  What helps set Wales apart is the work of the independent Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe in supporting this change and keeping the focus on the long term. On 4th May 2020, as part of her statutory duties, the Future Generations Commissioner published the first Future Generations Report on what has been achieved so far.

Built into the cycle of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (WFG Act) are the publication of two 5-yearly reports, one from the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales and other from the Auditor General for Wales (AGW). These are required by law to be published one day and one year before a general election and together they give a periodic stock-take of the implementation of the Act.

These reports are both published against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of those public bodies subject to the Act are at the frontline of the challenges we face in dealing with Coronavirus. Both the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales and the Auditor General have reflected this context and made it clear that they will not be expecting Government and public bodies to provide a response to these reports in the short term.

Read More >


Policing Coronavirus – Breaching of Restrictions is “Completely Unacceptable”

Five weeks since Government restrictions were imposed, South Wales Police is continuing to see a small minority of individuals flouting lockdown guidelines.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Valentine, who is leading the force’s COVID-19 response, has stressed that the majority of the public are playing their part and following the rules, but that a small minority continue to put themselves and others at risk by flouting the legislation.

ACC Valentine said, “It is simply unacceptable that some people appear to believe the legislation does not apply to them. Every single person in society has a part to play in helping stop the spread of Coronavirus.

Read More >


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
  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.

Read More >


Reducing Work Related Road Risk

Driving for Better Business, the programme to help employers reduce road risk, has created an essential ‘Transport Toolkit’ of free online resources to help businesses and fleets through the coronavirus pandemic.

The resources provide guidance for a range of situations, including fleets working at capacity on essential operations through the crisis, to vehicle maintenance, furloughed staff and the importance of maintaining established policies.

Peter Golding, founder and managing director at FleetCheck, said, “Working in conjunction with Driving for Better Business, we’ve taken the subjects that are being raised most frequently by our customers and produced videos available to everyone that provide pertinent advice in a fast, easy to understand format.

Read More >


GoSafe Reports Speeding Increases on Welsh Roads

In a statement, GoSafe Partnership Manager, Teresa Ciano, highlights a concerning number of cases where vehicles are being driven at speeds exceeding limits to a higher extent.

Recent examples include:  

  • 114mph in a 70mph limit on the A55 (Rhuallt Hill)
  • 105mph in a 60mph limit on the A5 (Halton, Wrexham)
  • 104mph in a 70mph limit on the A48 (Pensarn, Carmarthen)

“Clearly, this irresponsible and risky driving is putting our key workers at risk along with members of the public who are making essential journeys to assist loved ones, attend work and keep the country going during the international crisis.

Read More >


Emergency Road Repairs Continue

Council highways teams in Swansea have carried out more than 110 emergency road repairs recently, despite the impact of the Coronavirus crisis on normal services, new figures have revealed.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said, "Over the past few weeks all council services have been transformed to respond to the unprecedented demands of dealing with the pandemic.

"But even though there is a lot less traffic than normal our highways team is still there for Swansea. They have been out checking for defects and ordering in emergency repairs where necessary to ensure those who need to use the roads can do so safely.

Read More >


GoSafe Enforcement During The Coronovirus Pandemic

The strategic aim of GoSafe is to make people safer on Welsh roads by reducing casualties and saving lives.

With the country currently in the throes of a pandemic, the road safety risks GoSafe works tirelessly to reduce have not been removed and the enforcement of camera sites is still key to GoSafe’s work in protecting the public and saving lives.

Enforcement vans offer an isolated work environment and where staff are fit, well and able to carry out their role, they will carry on. Now more than ever GoSafe must ensure road casualties do not increase and that the public can continue to travel safely, within Government guidelines.

Read More >


A Chief’s Commendation For The Crash Detectives

The Crash Detectives team from Gwent Police recently visited Police HQ to receive a commendation from Chief Constable Pam Kelly for their commitment and dedication.

Chief Constable Pam Kelly said, “I have the pleasure of awarding a commendation for ‘Outstanding Commitment and Dedication to Collision Investigations in Gwent’ to our Collision Investigation Officers and Staff.

“I am immensely proud of the Collision Investigation Unit here in Gwent – the team display professionalism day in, day out and recently we have had the opportunity to showcase this work to the public with our BBC One Wales series, The Crash Detectives. 

Read More >