Popular School Crossing Patrol Officer Wins National Award

Llangwm School Crossing Patrol officer Lisa Brock has received a Road Safety Wales award for 25 years of dedication to helping children cross the road to the village primary school.

To celebrate her achievement, a giant walk to school event took place this week with hundreds of pupils and parents taking part – much to Mrs Brock’s surprise!

The walk was followed by the presentation of the award in assembly, where Cleddau Reach VC Headteacher Rhys Buckley thanked her for ‘keeping children safe and making a difference to their day with a smile and a kind word’.  

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Free Bus Travel in Swansea for Half Term

Swansea's hugely popular free bus offer is back for the last weekend in May and the long Bank Holiday weekend at the start of next month.

Whether it's a trip to the Blackpill Lido, a journey to Singleton Park or a day out on the beach you're looking for, the free bus services will be available for six days over the half-term period.

All bus passenger journeys starting and finishing in Swansea will be free if your journey starts before 7pm on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th. The free service will also be available before 7pm on 2- 5 June so families can get out and about together without worrying about the fare.

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Happy Retirement for Christine After 38 Years of Helping Pupils

One of Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC's longest-serving School Crossing Patrol Officers will soon be retiring from the role – having helped primary school pupils safely walk to school in Pontygwaith for the past 38 years.

Christine Leach, who is from the village and herself attended Pontygwaith Primary School as a child, first started the road safety role in 1984 and will retire following her last day of work on Friday, 27 May. Her dedicated commitment has ensured that generations of children in Pontygwaith have remained safe while crossing the road on the way to school each day.

The 73-year-old is one of around 50 officers employed by the Council to help children and other pedestrians, walking to and from a designated point in the community at busy times of the day. Christine currently works during the morning and afternoon periods, and previously worked at lunch times as well.

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Investment to Encourage Cycle Use and Help Wales Meet Net Zero

Getting people out of cars and on to bikes is the aim of a £50 million investment announced by Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters.

Speaking on a visit to Cardiff-based cycling charity Pedal Power, the Deputy Minister said the money would fund cycling routes and new facilities right across Wales.

Deputy Minister for Climate Change, with a responsibility for Transport, Lee Waters said, This is a substantial investment and part of our commitment to making cycling easier so people cut the amount of journeys they take by car and travel in a way that is better for our planet.

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New Trial to Banish Loud Engines and Exhausts on Britain’s Noisiest Streets

A search for Britain’s noisiest streets has been launched by the Department for Transport (DfT) with 4 areas across England and Wales set to trial new phase 2 technology to help stop rowdy motorists revving their engines unnecessarily or using illegal exhausts.

Since the technology is in design phase, MPs are being invited to submit applications to trial new innovative noise cameras in their local area, helping to ensure communities can enjoy their public and residential spaces peacefully.

The technology, backed by £300,000, can automatically detect when vehicles are breaking legal noise requirements, helping provide police and local authorities with the tools and evidence to take action against drivers who flout noise laws. Police have existing powers, including the ability to issue fines, but currently have trouble gathering evidence.

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20mph Pilot Scheme Being Implemented Across Four Wards in Cardiff

Four wards in Cardiff have been chosen to part of a Welsh Government trial to reduce the national speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in residential areas.

Llandaff North, Whitchurch & Tongwynlais, Rhiwbina and Heath have all been chosen to be part of the Welsh Government 20mph Phase 1 scheme.

This will mean that all residential streets in these wards will be limited to 20mph when the scheme has been implemented, but the speed limit on Manor Way and Western Avenue will remain at 30mph. The scheme is expected to be fully implemented by May 14th.

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