Five-year strategy from Transport for Wales

Transport for Wales (TfW) has published a five-year Corporate Strategy outlining how they’ll improve public transport and encourage more people to travel sustainably.

The not-for-profit organisation, which is wholly owned by Welsh Government is delivering a transformational programme that will enhance rail, bus and active travel routes.

Last year, the Welsh Government released Llwybr Newydd: The Wales Transport Strategy 2021 which highlighted the significant role of public transport in helping achieve net zero by 2050, and this new strategy from TfW sets out their five- year plan to help achieve this.

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The dangers of driver fatigue this festive season

Fatigue is estimated to be a contributory factor in up to 20% of road collisions. These types of crashes tend to be high speed impacts resulting in death or serious injury, because a driver who has fallen asleep cannot brake or swerve.

Sleepiness reduces reaction time, a critical element of safe driving, and also reduces alertness and concentration. The ability to perform attention-based activities, such as driving or riding is impaired and decision making can be badly affected, as information cannot be quickly processed by a person who is tired.

Drivers and riders will be aware that they are feeling sleepy, and must make a conscious decision to stop for a rest. Ignoring or underestimating the risks of continuing a journey when tired is naive and irresponsible.

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Work begins on a new Road Safety Strategy for Wales

Written Statement: Road Safety Strategy

One of the main factors deterring people from walking and cycling is not feeling safe. Improving road safety will not only help to reduce the number of people who are seriously injured and killed on our roads every year, but it will also help to encourage more people to cycle or walk, instead of using the car for shorter journeys.

We will be developing a new road safety strategy, which will complement Llwybr Newydd: the Wales Transport Strategy 2021 and the National Transport Delivery Plan. We believe that road safety should become part of the remit for the new Corporate Joint Committees as part of their regional transport plans.

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Rhyl multi electric vehicle charging hub goes live

A Rhyl based multi electric vehicle charging hub is now live for drivers to use.

The West Kinmel car park site, the largest charging hub in Wales, can now be used by owners of electric vehicles.

The opening of the 36 vehicle capacity hub, funded by the Welsh Government, follows the successful installation of chargers at Kings Avenue car park at Prestatyn in the summer.

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Gwent Police: Tackling drink and drug driving this Christmas

You can now report those driving under the influence anonymously, by texting DRIVE to 66777.

Today, Monday 12 December, Gwent Police has launched the new 'DRIVE’ initiative, aiming to identify those driving while impaired over the festive period.

The DRIVE initiative enables someone to anonymously report anyone they suspect of driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

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Publication of Ceredigion’s new Active Travel Maps

During 2020 and 2021, Ceredigion County Council undertook a public consultation exercise as part of a review into the Active Travel Network Map (ATNM) in Ceredigion.

This review looked at updating Ceredigion’s Existing Routes Map to highlight active travel routes that have been audited to meet Welsh Government Design Guidance standards, but also to draft a new Future Routes Map that would include proposed or aspirational active travel routes. These maps were previously known as the ‘Integrated Network Map’ and periodically reviewing them is part of the statutory duties that all Local Authorities in Wales are required to do under the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013.

The draft ATNM for Ceredigion was submitted to Welsh Government at the end of March 2022 and the Minister for Climate Change approved the maps on 03 August 2022 ready for publishing.

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South Wales Police Launch Designated Driver Scheme ‘DES’

As part of Cardiff & Vale’s drink drive campaign, South Wales Police alongside thirteen pubs and restaurant have launched their DES (Designated Driver) Scheme.

Ahead of the busy Christmas period, the thirteen licensed premises will offer free draught soft drinks to designated drivers. A designated driver is someone who abstains from drinking alcohol to act as the responsible driver.

The aim of the scheme is to promote responsible drinking with road safety in mind. The Vale of Glamorganshire Golf Club, (pictured) was one of the first premises to sign up to the new scheme, which included The Philharmonic, Brewhouse and Revolution among many others across Cardiff and the Vale.

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Council updates Town and Community Council Forum on new 20mph speed limit plans

Bridgend County Borough Council have updated the Town and Community Council Forum about the new 20mph speed limits which are likely to be introduced across Bridgend County Borough.

In 2021, Welsh Government identified changing the default speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in built-up areas as one of its key priorities to reduce traffic related injuries and fatalities, as well as making walking and cycling a safer and more attractive option to the public.

It is proposed that a much wider take up of 20mph limits will achieve significant road safety benefits across local communities.

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Illegal E-Scooter Use: How Can Retailers Play Their Part?

As we approach Christmas, some of us may be considering purchasing an e-scooter as a gift. However, a number of people are still unaware that it is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on public roads, pavements or cycle paths. In fact, the only place to legally ride an e-scooter in Wales is on private land with the permission of the land owner – everywhere else it is against the law.

Road Safety Wales is urging retailers to ensure that potential customers are fully aware that if an e-scooter is purchased and subsequently used illegally, the rider risks being issued with a £300 fine, 6 penalty points on their driving licence and their new e-scooter could also be seized.

Retail outlets across the country are at the forefront of providing expert advice to the public and selling products that are safe to use. A commitment to making customers aware of the current regulations around e-scooters will enhance the retailer’s reputation and greatly assist in minimising the road safety risk.

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E-bike project provides support for carbon reduction

Denbighshire County Council has partnered with Sustrans to provide staff the opportunity to test out the capabilities of an E-Bike, instead of their usual mode of transport.

The initiative is part of the Sustrans E-Move loan scheme, a Welsh Government funded pilot project available to residents of Rhyl and the surrounding areas.

Sustrans is working to tackle the effects of transport poverty and to encourage individuals and organisations to reduce their carbon impact through staff commuting and fleet mileage.

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