Executive approves £912,000 for road improvements in 2021-22

Blaenau Gwent Council Executive Committee has agreed to over £900,000 worth of road improvements for 2021-22. 

The focus of the work will be on high priority works to the Council's road network and improving residential and unclassified roads. The highest priority residential roads in each of the 16 wards, Blaenant Industrial Estate Road plus A and B roads and highway safety work will be targeted with a budget of £912,000.  

As well as the above, plans also include a number of specific schemes using Welsh Government funding of £2.158 million. The Local Transport and Resilience Fund of £1,675,000 will be used for 3 schemes:

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The Programme for Government

The First Minister will today set out ambitious plans for a stronger, greener and fairer Wales as he launches the Programme for Government.

The 5-year plan shows how the new Welsh Government will deliver on the promises made to voters during the Senedd 2021 election and how it will tackle the big challenges we face in Wales.

Climate change and the environment will be at the heart of the new government – a new “super-Ministry” has been created, bringing together the big policy areas to help Wales reach its legally binding target of reaching Net Zero by 2050.

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Swansea Pupils to Receive Crucial Safety Advice

More than 2,000 primary school pupils in Swansea are to receive invaluable safety advice directly from those who work on the frontline.

Fifty seven schools from Swansea have signed up to take part in Crucial Crew which is run by the council's Community Safety team.

It will see Year 6 pupils talk directly to representatives from a wide range of services including Road Safety, Community Safety, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, RNLI, Food Standards Agency, Network Rail and Western Power.

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Council’s Highways Team Shortlisted for National Award

The team responsible for making Caerphilly county borough a cleaner, safer and greener place to live has been shortlisted for a prestigious performance award.

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Highways team has been shortlisted for an award for the Best Performers in the Roads, Highways and Winter Maintenance category at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Performance Network Awards 2021.

The team won an award for the Most Improved Performers in the APSE Performance Network Awards 2019.

The prestigious APSE Performance Network Awards are a high-profile occasion where both the best performing local authorities and the most improved are awarded for their achievements. There are dedicated awards for each service area and finalists are selected based on those local authorities who have participated in performance networks.

APSE is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers.

Cllr. Sean Morgan, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “To be shortlisted is an excellent achievement and I’d like to congratulate all staff involved. Our highways team continuously work hard to ensure the safety of our residents, and this award reflects the collective efforts of the Highway Services and Network Contracting  teams, with the achievement being attributed to the professionalism and dedication of all members of staff."

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Even on Short or Familiar Journeys – Belt up!

One of the most basic things vehicle occupants can do to increase their safety when on the roads is to wear a seatbelt. Something we’ve all done so many times, it’s become second nature and we hardly think about it. But that small, simple task at the start of every journey can make a huge difference in the event of a collision.

Seatbelts are highly effective in protecting vehicle occupants and significantly reduce the risk of being fatally or seriously injured in a crash in conjunction with other in-vehicle safety systems.

GoSafe and colleagues across all four Welsh Police Forces will be taking part in the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Seatbelt campaign, which will be taking place across the UK between 31st May and 17th June. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness and reduce death and injury caused by not wearing seatbelts on the roads of Wales.  Those caught not wearing a seatbelt face a fine of £100, or if prosecuted could face a maximum fine of £500.

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Motorcyclists - Keep A Cool Head This Bank Holiday Weekend

With temperatures expected to rise in time for the bank holiday weekend, Wales By Bike is offering important advice to bikers who may have plans for a ride out with their motorcycling friends. Motorcycling alone is great but riding out with a group of friends can take it to a whole new level.

Learning to look out for every member of the group will help bikers enjoy it even more. For those new to group riding it’s easy to get pushed into riding beyond your ability or experience. To help avoid this, Wales By Bike recommends riding with people you trust; real friends will respect your skill level and will ride accordingly.

If you're an experienced rider and a new rider joins your group, be responsible and encourage the group to look after them. Novices welcome the support of fellow bikers in becoming more experienced in group riding, without being pushed too hard to keep up.

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Have You Got a Black Belt in Self-Defence?

Do you always wear a seatbelt when travelling in a vehicle? You are twice as likely to die if you’re involved in a collision and you aren’t wearing your belt.

Not belting up can be a fatal decision, even on short, familiar journeys and at low speed. You must wear a seatbelt if one is fitted in the seat you’re using - there are only a few exceptions. Also be aware that you are only allowed 1 person in each seat fitted with a seatbelt.


The driver is responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.

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Work to Improve Entrance to Village Farm Industrial Estate

Road improvement works will soon be starting at the Heol Mostyn junction of the A48 in Pyle to provide improved access to Village Farm Industrial Estate.

The work, which is being carried out before the summer opening of the estate’s all-new community recycling centre, will introduce a dedicated lane for turning into and out of the estate, new traffic lights and fresh resurfacing of the carriageway.

Bridgend County Borough Council has awarded the contract for the works to Calibre and work is due to start in mid-June.

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Road Safety Wales Poster Competition 2021

Young people aged up to 18 are invited to design a poster that will promote the safe use of active travel, the benefits of 20 mph speed limits on communities or to encourage safer driver behaviour across Wales.

The winning entries will be shared on Road Safety Wales Partner social media channels.

Competition Guidelines

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Drivers Reminded of Rhyl Traffic Order

Denbighshire County Council is urging drivers not to ignore an existing traffic order in place in Rhyl town centre.

Concerns have been raised over an increase in the number of vehicles using a route from the top of the High Street, into Sussex Street to join with Queens Street.

A traffic order covers this route, restricting access between 10am and 5pm for all vehicles.

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