Roll out of longer semi-trailers from 31 May

Longer semi-trailers (LSTs) will be introduced to Great Britain’s roads from the end of this month.

New regulations will allow longer trailers to be used, which the UK Government estimates will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2(e)) being released into the atmosphere each year.

From Wednesday 31 May, vehicle operators will be able to tow LSTs measuring up to 2.05 meters longer than a standard semi-trailer. This follows an 11-year trial to ensure LSTs are used safely on roads, with operators being encouraged to put extra safety checks and training in place.

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Public asked to give their views on roads proposed to stay at 30mph

A public consultation on roads that could remain at 30mph when the new 20mph default speed limit for residential areas comes into force in September 2023, runs until June 7th.

Cardiff residents will be able to view an online map showing the roads which are currently proposed as exceptions to the national 20mph legislation. These are generally main arterial routes into the city.

Residents are asked to return their views on the proposed 30mph exemptions proposed by the council by June 7th by emailing All comments on the exemptions will be considered before a final decision is made. Comments on the change in law to move to a 20mph national default position will not be considered, as the law has already been passed by the Senedd.

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Consultation on Usk to Little Mill routes launched

Monmouthshire County Council is seeking views on two potential walking, cycling and wheeling routes between Usk and Little Mill/Mamhilad. The current pedestrian route between Usk and Little Mill is alongside the A472, which in places narrows significantly and cyclists need to use the road. Potential alternative routes have been identified, as either an upgrade to the existing footway or along sections of the disused railway.

Here are a few of the reasons why a new route for those walking, wheeling or cycling is needed.

  • Provide a direct, coherent, comfortable and attractive walking and cycling network suitable for all users
  • Increase levels of sustainable access to education, employment health and other key services
  • Improve actual and perceived safety of all users
  • Increase the number of people walking and cycling between Usk, Little Mill and Mamhilad/New Inn
  • Reduce car dependency and car use for short trips through a modal shift
  • Reduce the negative impacts of transport on the natural and built environment (i.e., improve air quality, improve public realm, provide sustainable drainage infrastructure, etc.)

One route option is alongside the A472: Although space is limited in several locations, improvements along the current highway corridor have been identified to provide a shared use route. This would be a widening of the current pavement in several locations and improved crossing facilities.

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Have your say on Active Travel provision in Bangor

Currently, there is an opportunity for local people to take part in a consultation to make it easier, safer, and more convenient for people to walk, wheel, and cycle in Bangor.

This scheme aims to improve the active travel infrastructure along Penrhos Road between Faenol Roundabout and Bangor Railway Station.  This project is a collaboration between Transport for Wales and Cyngor Gwynedd with the support of WSP specialists to improve Penrhos Road to make the area more accessible for walkers and cyclists.

The proposed improvements to the scheme include, but are not limited to the following:

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Talbot Green speeding operation results

The local neighbourhood policing team in Talbot Green recently teamed up with roads policing officers, the Road Safety and Commercial Vehicle Unit and the Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency to tackle speeding and anti-social driving.

Operation Buena took place on last month, and resulted in over 30 vehicles being pulled over by the team. A further 17 drivers are also being dealt with using a postal Notice of Impending Prosecution.

Officers focused their attention on the A4119 – a known hot spot for reports of speeding vehicles and inconsiderate driving and they pulled vehicles over to where DVSA officers were ready to carry out inspections.

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Courses available in Neath Port Talbot for 2023

Neath Port Talbot Council has announced a number of motorcycle courses for 2023, all of which are subsidised by the Welsh Government.

BikeSafe is national police run motorcycle initiative aimed at working with motorcycle riders, in a relaxed environment, to raise the importance and value of progressing onto accredited post-test training. The purpose of BikeSafe is to upskill riders, instil confidence and increase their depth of knowledge and understanding, with an aim to making them safer road users.

The BikeSafe assessment course involves a morning of discussion to explore the main riding hazards that riders face, whilst the afternoon consists of an observed ride with a police motorcyclist or an approved BikeSafe observer who will help determine strengths and weaknesses.

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‘Play Streets’ pilot initiative launches in the Vale

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has been working closely with some residents in the Vale to implement safe, temporary street closures for children to enjoy outdoor play.

Play Streets, or Playing Out Sessions, are neighbour-led temporary road closures, which have already proved popular across the UK.

They create a safe space for children to play freely together on their doorstep.

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