Latest Crackdown on Driving Offences in Newport

More than 40 drivers were reported for motoring offences as part of the latest phase of Operation Utah.

The multi-agency operation is designed to identify and tackle road users putting other motorists at risk – either by driving illegally or by driving vehicles not up to a safe standard.

The road safety operation took place on Friday, 9 April, at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) weighbridge and test site in Newport.

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Caerphilly Council Becoming Cleaner and Greener

Caerphilly County Borough Council is continuing to take great strides in delivering on its commitment to help tackle the climate crisis and lower carbon emissions.

Public electric vehicle charge points were recently installed in 11 Council owned car parks in the county borough, as part of a Gwent-wide project which saw sixty-two new dual electric vehicle 22kw fast charging units installed at thirty-four sites across Gwent.

The project was delivered in partnership between the five Gwent local authorities. A grant of £465,000 was provided for the project from the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), with match funding provided by each local authority.

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New Pavement Across Bridge To Improve Safety

Road safety works are underway across a bridge in a Swansea community in an effort to prevent accidents.

The railway bridge which crosses Pentre Road near Pontarddulais and is owned by Network Rail, is currently closed to traffic while maintenance work is completed.

Swansea Council has since been in discussions with Network Rail and has developed a road safety scheme to install a pavement across the bridge, helping pedestrians safely cross it once it reopens.

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Traffic Lights Receive Overhaul in Active Travel Plans

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will benefit from the replacement of old traffic lights on a busy Merthyr Tydfil road as part of the Council’s plans for improving Active Travel across the county borough.

Work began on Tuesday 6th April on the signals at the junction of the A4102 where it intersects the A4054 Cyfarthfa Road and Nantygwenith Street, near Cyfarthfa Retail Park.

The lights are more than 20 years old and will have smarter technology to improve vehicle flow.  While the work is being carried out, the Council is also taking the opportunity to improve the shared use crossing facility along the Taff Trail.

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Week-long Road Safety Operation Uncovers Several Offences

Overloaded vehicles, defective tyres, excess driver’s hours and drug driving were just some of the offences uncovered during a week-long road safety operation held recently in North Wales.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Commercial Vehicle Unit, Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) took part in Operation Blue Yawl where over 100 vehicles, mainly commercial vehicles, were taken into the three sites to be checked.

Throughout the week officers uncovered a number of offences including:

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Two Wheel Campaign Launches

A two-week, National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) road safety campaign, to improve the safety of motorcyclists and cyclists, has commenced.

During 2019, 598 motorcyclists and 412 cyclists were killed or injured in collisions on Welsh roads. The campaign, which aims to improve awareness and behaviour among drivers and riders, will include enforcement and engagement activities alongside the promotion of safety messages and tips to reduce risk.

Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager and Chair of Road Safety Wales said, “If we all play our part and share the road responsibly, we can make every journey a safe journey for all road users. Let’s take care of each other on the road.”

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Operation Darwen Returns

In 2019 there were a total of 595 motorcycle casualties on the roads of Wales, and sadly 22 motorcyclists lost their lives in a collision.

Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable groups of road users, and they are at a higher risk of injury and collision than other road users.

Operation Darwen is an all Wales campaign which runs from early spring through until the autumn and is aimed at increasing awareness of motorcycle safety and reducing casualties on the roads.

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Council Continues to Invest in County Borough’s Roads

Resurfacing works are being carried out on roads across Bridgend County Borough as part of the council’s investment into the local highway network.

Using funding from the council’s Capital Programme and an additional £500,000 recently allocated by Welsh Government, repairs are underway or planned on numerous roads, including major resurfacing works on one of the county borough’s busiest routes - the B4281 to the west of Aberkenfig.

Resurfacing works are planned on sections of the following streets:

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Reduced Speed Limit at 22 Locations Including Near Schools

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council is in the process of introducing a reduced 20mph speed limit at 22 community locations, including near schools, in order to create a safer environment where there is limited space for social distancing.

Welsh Government COVID-19 grant support has been secured for two similar experimental schemes in communities across the County Borough. The first will see the introduction of 20mph zones in streets surrounding 16 schools. Following public notice, the zones are being brought into use on a phased basis from March 10, commencing at each location when signage is installed.

The second scheme will introduce the same measure in six town or village centres, where increased walking and cycling has been experienced during the pandemic. Public notices for these changes were published on March 17, and the 20mph zones will come into force on a phased basis from March 24.

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Pilot Scheme for Road Safety at Rhyl School

Denbighshire County Council is launching a pilot scheme at a Rhyl school to improve road safety and reduce air pollution.

The School Streets project will see a temporary road closure outside Ysgol Llywelyn between 8.30am and 9.15am and 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

The closure will run between March 22 and 26 and April 12 and 16 and the reduction in traffic and parking issues outside the school gates will improve safety and air quality around the school site.

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