News

19/05/2021

Operation Options - Changing Attitudes for Safer Journeys

During Global Road Safety Week, Gwent Police is running Operation Options sessions with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to highlight the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt when driving.

The sessions allow engagement with drivers and passengers who break the law by not wearing their seatbelt.

Offending road users are offered the option of either accepting a fine for the offence, or attending an educational input, delivered by the fire service, which lasts approximately 15 minutes.

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17/05/2021

Walking and Cycling - Your First Choice for Local Journeys

The Commonplace website is where you can find out about the active travel consultations underway across Wales.

Local Authorities are using the online consultation platform as they shape plans to improve towns and villages with the aim of making them better places to live, work and visit. By upgrading and creating new walking and cycling routes active travel can increasingly become the normal way to get around for local journeys. This cuts down unnecessary traffic and helps families get about safely, improves air quality and increases the attractiveness of places where we spend time for our daily journeys.

Everyone can have their say – if you are already someone who regularly gets about on foot or by bike, you’ll know where things are good but also where improvements are needed, but the project especially needs to hear from people who are yet to discover the joys of active travel. What changes and improvements might help you swap to walking or cycling, when using the car isn't really necessary? Maybe you know where a new cycle route is needed, or perhaps it’s a lack of safe crossing points, no dropped kerbs, or cars parked on the pavement that are the problem.

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17/05/2021

New Pedestrian Crossing to Improve Safe Routes to School

Construction of a new pedestrian crossing at Brecon Road in Hirwaun will start today, as part of the Council’s safe routes in communities work in areas which have benefitted from 21st Century Schools investment. 

The new safe crossing point for the community will be located near Brecon Road’s junction with Cross Street, in order to create a safer environment for pedestrians who wish to cross the main road. The work will also include new streetlights, kerbs and paving to deliver further improvements at this location.

The pedestrian crossing is being funded by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to complement the new £10.2m, 21st Century Schools facilities for the nearby Hirwaun Primary School – which was a recent joint investment alongside the Welsh Government.

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14/05/2021

Environment at the Heart of Decision Making in Wales

Climate change, new green jobs and recovery from the pandemic will be at the heart of the new Welsh Labour Government, as First Minister Mark Drakeford reveals his new Cabinet team.

The new climate change ministry will bring together the environment, energy housing, planning and transport portfolios, led by Julie James with Lee Waters as Deputy Minister.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said, “The environment will be at the heart of our decision-making. The climate change emergency has not gone away while we have been dealing with the pandemic.

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10/05/2021

Council Confirms Decision to Remove Traffic Lights

Monmouthshire County Council has confirmed that the traffic lights on Bridge Street in Usk will be removed today, Monday 10th May, allowing for the return to two-way traffic. The decision has come following a review of the traffic management system and feedback from businesses and residents.

As Wales now enters Alert Level 3 of its COVID plan, with schools and the majority of businesses having reopened, the short-term interventions introduced by the council in 2020 have been re-evaluated. When the measures were introduced last year, the COVID-19 case rates across the county were significantly higher and the vaccine roll out had not taken place. Now, with more vehicles on the roads through Usk once again, the council has taken a view that benefits of the temporary traffic measures are being negated by the issues experienced recently by motorists and businesses.

A spokesperson for the council said: “The easing of lockdown restrictions and the reopening of schools and businesses have resulted in increased traffic volumes in Usk and we have been aware of longer queue times and queue lengths along Bridge Street recently. We are concerned that with the increased traffic levels, the temporary lights are no longer operating effectively and have concluded that now is the right time to remove them. Although pollution levels remain well below trigger levels, we are also concerned that increased queue lengths could result in a potential impact on air quality, which we want to avoid.

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05/05/2021

New Speed Limits Set on Western Avenue (A48)

New speed limits are in place on Western Avenue (A48) to improve road safety and air quality on one of Cardiff's busiest roads.

A 30 mph limit - previously set at 40 mph - is now in place on Western Avenue in both directions between Ely Roundabout and Gabalfa Interchange.

Speed limits on the remaining stretch of Western Avenue have also been modified, with the following changes in place:

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27/04/2021

Walking And Cycling Boost For Swansea

A series of Active Travel walking and cycling routes are set to be developed in parts of Swansea to help improve the local environment and keep people healthy.

Swansea Council has received more than £3million from the Welsh Government Active Travel programme which will be used to construct a number of shared use paths in communities across the city.

The new paths will link up with existing cycle and walking routes and help expand the overall cycling and walking infrastructure throughout Swansea.

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22/04/2021

North Wales Police Highlights The Law On E-scooters

North Wales Police is urging people to know the law surrounding electric scooters or e-scooters before purchasing or using one.

E-scooters have increased in popularity over recent years, but there can be a lot of confusion around where they can be used. They are currently only legal to ride on private land with the landowner’s permission, or as part of a Government trial.

The UK Government is currently taking part in ‘Future Transport Zone’ trials for e-scooter hire, with a view to making them legal to use on a road. At present, there are no trials in Wales.

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21/04/2021

Horsepower and Powerful Horses

Along with the gradual relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, the improving weather and lighter evenings will no doubt be inspiring many of us to get out and enjoy the picturesque rural scenery that Wales has to offer.

As well as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, horse riders are vulnerable road users but they can sometimes be overlooked as they don’t feature as highly in road casualties statistics.

Horses and their riders can be vulnerable on the road; a collision involving a horse and a vehicle can have life threatening consequences for the horse, the rider as well as the vehicle user.

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19/04/2021

Work on Llangollen Temporary Active Travel Scheme

Further work has taken place on a temporary active travel scheme in Llangollen. As part of the scheme in the town centre white lines have been painted on either side of the temporary rubber kerbs and bollards to make them more visible.

The temporary scheme was introduced to facilitate social distancing and make it easier for people to travel actively within the town centre.

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire County Council’s Head of Planning and Public Protection, said, “Following some concerns a site inspection was undertaken by road safety engineers which found no issues of concern, however further work to enhance the scheme has taken place. This has included the painting of white lines.”

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