Essential road works as part of scheme to tackle Afan Valley transport issues

Neath Port Talbot Council is progressing with its plans to tackle essential access/transport concerns, which if not undertaken could have major impacts on the residents of Abercregan and Glyncorrwg.

Resurfacing work in Cymmer will be carried out on the following dates: 

Sunday 26th February 2023 – Daytime Working
Maesteg Road access lane to Fire Station and Avon Street – with associated road closure/temporary traffic signals and an alternative route via Avon Street and then Craig Y Fan Terrace.

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Fatal 5: Police support national campaign targeting use of mobiles while driving

Drivers are four times more likely to crash if they’re using a phone, police have warned as they support a national road safety campaign.

To crack down on the issue of people using their phone while driving, the four Welsh police forces, along with GoSafe are supporting a National Police Chiefs Council campaign.

The three-week operation, which Dyfed-Powys, South Wales, Gwent and North Wales Police will take part in, aims to remind motorists of the risks of calling, texting, using the internet or streaming music or videos while driving – and the penalties faced by those who are caught.

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Torfaen’s Cabinet approves plans for 20mph roll out

Cabinet members have approved Torfaen Council's plans for the roll out of new 20mph legislation later this year.

From 17 September, 2023, residential roads in Wales which are currently 30mph by default - those with streetlights and no speed signs - will automatically become 20mph.

The aim is to reduce the speed of traffic in built up areas to improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists, especially children.

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Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters sets the direction for the future of transport in Wales

With climate change at the heart of decision making, the Deputy Minister told the Senedd, “we will not get to Net Zero unless we stop doing the same thing over and over” as he set out findings from some key documents that shape the future of road building in Wales.

The new documents include the findings of the Roads Review Panel – an independent expert group tasked with assessing more than 50 road building projects – and the Welsh Government’s National Transport Delivery Plan.

Together, the documents show the status of 59 projects in total including those going ahead, those not progressing at this stage and those replaced by revised works.

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Work on Barry Docks Transport Interchange begins

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has started work on the Barry Docks Transport Interchange. Once completed, this will become a meeting point for different modes of transport, creating a hub for sustainable forms of travel.

Adjoining the Council’s Grade II listed Docks Office building, the project is being delivered in partnership with the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) and Welsh Government.

It will connect train, bus, cycle and taxi services as well as offering close by park and ride facilities.

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Menai Suspension Bridge to reopen on schedule

Works to reopen the Menai Suspension Bridge to a limited weight restriction of 7.5 tonnes are set to be completed on schedule.

The emergency works, which began on 5 January, will be completed in the 4-week timeframe with the bridge expected to reopen to restricted loads by midnight (00:01hrs) on Thursday 2 February.  

The Welsh Government and UK Highways A55 Ltd, alongside engineering firms Spencer Group and COWI, are continuing to work closely to develop a plan for longer term remedial work to take place, with minimal disruption, to bring the iconic Menai Suspension Bridge back to full capacity. This work is anticipated to start in late summer. 

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