Greener, Longer Goods Vehicles Could Be Rolled Out Next Year

Greener, longer goods vehicles could become a permanent fixture on Britain’s roads as early as next year, the UK Government has announced.

This comes as the Department for Transport has published its response to its consultation on the introduction of longer-semi trailers (LSTs).

It follows a nine-year trial of the vehicles - which can be up to 15.65 metres in length - that found them to be safer, more economical and better for the environment.

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Village Speeding Concerns Prompt Action

Local residents have been working with Police and the Local Authority to tackle speeding in South Powys. 

Residents of Trefecca, near Talgarth reported an increase in speeding and overall volume in traffic in the village earlier this year.  The issue had been exacerbated by the long term closure of the A479, Talgarth to Abergavenny trunk road (via Pengenffordd) which only recently re-opened to vehicular traffic.

Local residents raised the matter with local leaders which led to a site visit by Dafydd Llywellyn – Police and Crime commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police.

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Motorcyclists Urged to Stay Safe

Motorcyclists are being reminded to ride safely as part of a new campaign by Carmarthenshire County Council’s road safety team.

Yellow ‘Ride Safely’ signs have been installed at key locations around the county that are widely used by bikers, reminding them to take extra care.

They can be seen on routes including the A4069 Llandovery to Llangadog, the A484 Pwll to Burry Port, the B4304 at Penclacwydd, Llanelli, and the A4066 Laugharne to Pendine.

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If You’re Illegally Riding a Privately Owned E-scooter – STOP!

This summer, some people may be considering purchasing an e-scooter, which have become an increasingly common sight as people are still looking at alternatives to public transport or a way to reduce car use.

However, it is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on public roads, pavements or cycle paths. Road Safety Wales would like to advise anyone contemplating purchasing or using an e-scooter, that they risk being issued with a £300 fine, 6 penalty points on their driving licence and having the e-scooter seized.

Additionally, for any driver or motorcyclist that has passed their driving test in the last two years it could result in a driving disqualification and the need to re-take both the theory and practical driving test.

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New 20mph Speed Limit to be Introduced in Llanelli

A new 20mph speed limit is being introduced in a large area of Llanelli as part of a Welsh Government rollout to reduce the national default speed limit.

Llanelli North, which covers Dafen, some parts of Felinfoel and the Llanerch area, has been chosen as one of eight communities in Wales to trial a reduced national speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in residential areas and busy pedestrian streets.

Evidence shows that lower speeds result in fewer collisions and reduces the severity of injuries, and in particular, where 20mph limits are introduced, there is a reduction in the number of casualties.

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One-Way System for St Davids Returns to Create Room for Pedestrians

A temporary one-way road system has been introduced in St Davids to create more room for pedestrians.

It follows similar measures taken last summer in response to concerns over the city’s narrow pavements, and aims to create more space for visitors and residents to enjoy the city.

The new system will see High Street become one-way from Oriel y Parc (the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park visitor centre) to Cross Square. This will allow the footway along the whole route to be considerably widened and marked using traffic cones.

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Consultation on Proposals to Address Lorry Driver Shortages

On 20 July, the UK government announced a package of measures to help address the current shortage of lorry drivers. This included a consultation on proposed changes to the current requirements to obtain a vocational driving licence, for category C and D tests and all derivatives.

What is being consulted on

The measures being consulted on are proposed changes to the current requirements to obtain a vocational driving licence, including:

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Biker Down! Cymru Online

Are you a resident or road user in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire or Powys?

Would you like to learn what to do if you are first on scene at a motorcycle collision?

A new online version of the popular Biker Down! Cymru course has recently been launched. The course is delivered by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and is available free of charge to residents and road users of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys thanks to Welsh Government funding.

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Work to Start on Cowbridge Road Active Travel Improvements

Work is due to begin on active travel improvements between Waterton Roundabout and the railway bridge on Cowbridge Road in Bridgend.

As part of the £715,000 scheme, the footway will be widened and a toucan crossing will be installed at the York Road junction on Cowbridge Road. There will also be carriageway resurfacing undertaken at the junction.

Work is due to start today (Monday 9 August) for up to 17 weeks.

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Subways in Torfaen Receive Makeover

Staff and volunteers with Torfaen Play Service are bringing a splash of colour to underground walkways this summer.

The team recently brightened up a subway in Greenmeadow making it more attractive for the public to use.

Torfaen Play plans to make-over 6 similar subways across Torfaen by the end of the summer.

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