Caerphilly County Borough Council is ready for winter

With winter just around the corner, Caerphilly County Borough Council is assuring residents that it’s ready for winter.

The Council has 13 gritters available to use, all of which can be fitted with a snow plough if needed and around 9,000 tonnes of grit in stock ready to treat roads during the frosty nights.

Trained staff monitor weather forecasts plus information from 5 weather stations based at Rhymney, Markham, Hafodyrynys, Caerphilly, and Ystrad Mynach.

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Festive drink and drug drive campaign launched

With Wales in a football World Cup for the first time in 64 years and the festive season about to kick-off there is much for many to celebrate.

But officers in Wales are reminding people who are looking forward to a night out not to get behind the wheel after drinking or consuming drugs.

Wales’s four forces – North Wales Police, Gwent Police, South Wales Police and Dyfed-Powys Police - have launched their Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Campaign earlier to encompass the World Cup.

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Mature Driver Course - Carmarthenshire

Following the great success of the ‘Mature Driver Course’ in Carmarthenshire, the Road Safety Team is pleased to bring more driver awareness sessions, to keep drivers mobile and independent and maintain confidence behind the wheel.

Why not take advantage of this informal and relaxed session, benefiting from the expertise of an experienced Driver Trainer and a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor?

You do not need to bring your car to benefit from this session – the council will provide the wheels.

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FIFA World Cup

Ahead of Wales’ first game at the FIFA World Cup, Road Safety Wales is reminding people to plan ahead if they intend to drink alcohol.

Many people have waited a generation to see Wales get to the World Cup and we are encouraging everyone to remember this momentous occasion for all the right reasons.

If you are drinking alcohol, please make arrangements to get home, before you go out. Save the number of a local taxi in your phone, find out times of public transport or arrange a lift with someone sober. Just remember that if you’re asking a sober family member or friend to come and pick you up late at night or in the early hours of the morning, please be aware that they may be too tired to drive - fatigue can be a contributory factor in up to 20% of collisions.

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Be safe and be seen on the road this winter

With the clocks having recently gone back and the shortest day approaching us soon, Denbighshire County Council is urging people to be mindful of road safety this Winter.

The council is reminding parents to help reduce the risks to children by ensuring that they are remembering their road safety. Things like encouraging children to wear bright fluorescent clothing and being mindful when crossing the roads are simple steps that can be used to help minimise the risk of getting injured this Winter.

Councillor Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport said:

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Swansea communities to benefit from road repair programme

Highways repair crews have embarked on a six month tour of Swansea to tackle some of the city's worst road defects.

The road repair crews are part of Swansea Council's PATCH highway maintenance programme which operates annually, repairing larger road defects in all communities throughout the city.

The teams will spend up to two weeks in each ward in Swansea, starting in Pontarddulais and Gowerton before moving on to Gorseinon and Cockett.

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Road Safety Wales / Wales by Bike: Prize draw survey

A number of motorcycling initiatives across Wales are subsidised thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

If you have taken part in one of these courses in Wales, your feedback is important.

We are inviting you to complete a survey and be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win £250 from Road Safety Wales.

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Keeping Bridgend county borough moving through the winter

As the evenings draw in and the weather turns colder, Bridgend County Borough Council has plans in place for supporting residents and keeping the county borough moving throughout the winter months.

With more than 790km of road to look after throughout the county borough, the council’s Winter Maintenance Plan lays out how workers will salt roads, clear snow and keep traffic flowing easily throughout the winter months.

The plan identifies priority routes and takes account of centres for the emergency services, bus routes, isolated villages, streets on steep inclines, industrial and shopping areas, schools and approaches to cemeteries, GP surgeries and care homes. It also outlines secondary roads which will be dealt with after the main highways network has been treated.

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New research shows 20mph speed limit could save Wales £100 million in first year

A new 20mph default speed limit in communities across Wales could save £100m as deaths and injuries are reduced, according to new research.

New research showing a reduction in deaths and injuries as traffic slows down is being published today alongside new survey results showing continued public support for the national roll out of the lower 20mph speed limit next year – a UK first.

The Welsh Government will introduce a default 20mph speed limit on restricted roads across Wales in September 2023. Restricted roads include those with street lights and are usually located in residential and built up areas with high pedestrian activity.

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DVSA earned recognition announces Guild of British Coach Operators Module

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s earned recognition (ER) scheme has launched a new module to help bus and coach operators apply for membership for The Guild of British Coach Operators.

Like the DVSA’s ER scheme, The Guild of British Coach Operators membership is only open to coach operators who can demonstrate the highest standards in their operations.

Customers can be confident that by hiring any Guild Member, they are choosing a supplier who is customer-focused and delivers a quality service.

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