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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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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