New 20mph Speed Limits to be Introduced in Newport

Newport City Council will begin introducing new 20mph speed limits across a number of residential streets.

The new speed limits will be introduced into streets across the following six wards:

  • Allt-yr-Yn
  • Bettws
  • Lliswerry
  • Malpas
  • Ringland
  • Victoria

It is hoped that, as well as increasing safety, the new speed limits will encourage more people to feel confident choosing sustainable travel options such as walking and cycling, which the council is also promoting through its active travel schemes.

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Welsh Government Sets Bold Targets in New Transport Vision

The new strategy - the result of a major consultation over the last year - aims to encourage people out of their cars, with a new target for 45 per cent of journeys to be by sustainable means across Wales by 2045, up from 32 per cent currently.

'Llwybr Newydd - New Path' commits to reducing transport emissions as part of efforts to tackle the climate emergency. Currently transport makes up 17 per cent of Wales’ carbon emissions.

The strategy comes as more than £210 million is being invested across Wales in 2021/22.

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£75 million investment to get more people walking and cycling

Active travel schemes announced today will receive a funding boost of more than £53 million this year as part of further efforts to encourage healthy travel - with more than £20 million to follow.

The dedicated budget for active travel has risen from £5 million since the start of this Welsh Government term, which Lee Waters has described as evidence of Welsh Government’s commitment to delivering the vision in its new transport strategy.

44 larger schemes and packages of schemes in local authorities will be funded through the first tranche of the Active Travel Fund this year, worth £47 million. Included in this sum is also a £14 million ‘core allocation’ shared among all local authorities.

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Junction 48 and A4138 Hendy Junction Upgrade

A major improvement programme has been unveiled by Carmarthenshire County Council and the Welsh Government to reduce congestion and improve active travel facilities at junction 48 of the M4.

Junction 48 at Hendy is the main interchange for traffic accessing Llanelli and Pontarddulais from the M4. It currently sees significant congestion during peak periods, with limited to non-existent provision for cyclists passing through.

Welsh Government has allocated £2.9 million of funding to Carmarthenshire County Council to implement improvement works at the junction.

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New ‘Pop-up’ Cardiff Cycleway Opens Today

A new, segregated, 'pop-up' cycleway which will run from Cathedral Road to Dumfries Place, will open to the public today (Monday, 15th March).

The new route is part of the cross-city cycleway. Ongoing works will soon see it extended to the end of Wellington Street, to the west of the city, and to the junction with Broadway on Newport Road, to the east.

Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport, Cllr Caro Wild said, "We want to make Cardiff the best cycling city in the UK and we plan to build an integrated cycleway network from the city centre which connects strategic sites and neighbourhoods, as set out in the current adopted Local Development Plan.

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E-bike Pilot Schemes To Launch In Wales

The Welsh Government will fund pilot schemes to accelerate the uptake of electric bikes (e-bikes) and electric cargo bikes (e-cargo bikes) in Wales.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said the move is part of efforts to deliver a culture change in how people get around in Wales, creating a greener and more convenient transport network.

International examples have shown that e-bikes are a practical alternative to the car for some people. The schemes therefore adds to a range of Welsh Government policies that look to tackle congestion and get people more active.

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Road Safety Education in Rhondda Cynon Taf

The road safety team at Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has recently been busy getting back to working with schools.

In the absence of being able to go outside for Kerbcraft and Child Pedestrian Training, the team has been piloting alternative methods of delivering road safety education.

An interactive film has been created which has been very well received by children and teachers alike. You can view the film here.

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Road Safety Improvements to Begin on Llanidloes Road, Newtown

Works to extend the path on Llanidloes Road in Newtown to the college and theatre are due to begin next week, 15 March 2021.

Funded by the Welsh Government, these improvements will complete the main Active Travel routes within the town, previously identified in consultations with residents, businesses and local communities. These Active Travel routes in Newtown will provide a safe network of routes for all users, including vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

As part of the planned improvements, the path under Nantoer Bridge will be widened, significantly reducing the safety risk for pedestrians and cyclists (particularly young people walking to and from the college).

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New Electric Vehicle Charge Points Installed Across Gwent

Sixty two new dual electric vehicle 22kw fast charging units have been installed at thirty four sites across Gwent.

The project has been delivered in partnership between the five Gwent local authorities: Caerphilly County Borough Council, Torfaen County Borough Council, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Newport City Council and Monmouthshire County Council.

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. The installation was undertaken by Welsh company Silverstone Green Energy, who will also manage and maintain the charge points until 2025.

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Gwent Police: Roads Policing Review

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert has welcomed Gwent Police’s commitment to implementing the findings of a review of roads policing in Gwent.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent undertook a review of Gwent Police’s current roads policing provision in 2019-20.

As well as recognising the good work carried out by Gwent Police it made several recommendations for consideration, including that the force invest more resources into roads policing across the region.

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