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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Changes To The Speed Limit On The M4

The permanent 50mph limit with average speed enforcement between junctions 24 and 28 on the M4 will be live by Monday, 15th March.

The measure forms part of the Welsh Government’s approach to tackling congestion in the area as recommended by Lord Burns’ report published following the work carried out by the South East Wales Traffic Commission.

Over the next couple of weeks work will be undertaken to finalise the installation of the cameras and road signs.

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St Dogmaels Chosen to Trial New 20mph Speed Limit

St Dogmaels has been chosen as one of eight pilot settlements from across Wales to trial a 20mph speed limit throughout the whole village.

The trial is part of Welsh Government plans to reduce the national speed limit on restricted roads of 30mph to 20mph by April 2023.

Cllr Phil Baker, Pembrokeshire’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Infrastructure, said the pilot project was a unique opportunity for St Dogmaels to represent small rural communities, of which Pembrokeshire has many.

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20mph Speed Limit To Become A Reality On Welsh Roads

Plans for a default 20mph speed limit on Welsh roads have moved a step closer as eight pilot areas to trial the change have been confirmed.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said the move will reduce accidents and save lives.

The pilot areas will have a phased start from this summer until the end of the year. They come ahead of the planned national rollout for April 2023, and will help develop enforcement arrangements and overcome unforeseen issues before the full rollout.

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Anglesey's Active Travel Network Map Consultation

The consultation for the Isle of Anglesey’s Active Travel Network Map is now open, to help identify barriers and improvements to Active Travel walking and cycling routes.

Isle of Anglesey County Council is consulting on the Active Travel Network Map as part of its duties under the Active Travel Act 2013 (Wales).

The purpose of this phase of the consultation is to seek suggestions from the public to identify barriers and improvements to the cycling and walking network to access employment, education and key services which will increase the modal shift to more sustainable travel.

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Behind The Scenes With North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit

The North Wales Police region covers an exceptionally wide area - nearly a third of Wales’ land, and the problems that arise are very diverse from area to area - from the cities in the East to the countryside of the West.

With in-car, custody and body cameras, a TV crew followed the Roads Policing Unit in their incredible day-to-day work.

Sgt Raymond Williams has been with the unit for 10 years and for him, making a difference is what motivates him in his job. He said, "If I get so much personal satisfaction from being able to make a difference to someone in the darkest time of their lives, that's worth a lot more than money in the bank."

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Road Safety Improvements Throughout Cilfynydd

Work is due to begin to deliver a Safe Routes in Communities scheme for Cilfynydd - to relocate a pedestrian crossing, improve footways at several locations and introduce a 20mph speed limit through the village.

Work to deliver the scheme, which is wholly funded by the Welsh Government via a Safe Routes in Communities grant, will begin today, Monday February 15th and will last up to eight weeks. It follows Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s consultation with residents, which ran from December to January. Further information, including detailed plans of the proposals, remains available to view on the Council’s website.

The scheme comprises of three main elements, which include:

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Brake Before the Bend

Wales by Bike is highlighting how country roads can give the exhilaration some motorcyclists crave, even when commuting to work during lockdown, but pointing out that these roads often have sharp or blind bends that can hide countless potential hazards.

Bushes, trees and buildings can block the rider's view and obscure oncoming hazards, and there is also the potential of being faced with animals in the road when entering or exiting a bend.

Consider this: you may have used the same route a thousand times, you know how sharp the next corner is, you even know the location of a pothole that you've noticed getting bigger over the past few weeks. But, unfortunately you’ll never ever know 100% what’s around the next corner until you get there.

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Results of Christmas Anti-Drink/Drug Drive Campaign Revealed

Despite coronavirus restrictions and a national lockdown in December, Welsh police forces breathalysed almost 5,000 motorists.

Of the 4,906 breath tests administered, 181 (3.7%) motorists failed, or failed to provide a specimen, and will lose their licences.

Officers also carried out 469 DrugWipe tests, with 274 (58.4%) failing, leading to 377 arrests.

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