Bridge repair plan approved

Today, councillors from Torfaen County Borough Council approved plans to repair a section of the A472 where it crosses the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

The bridge requires significant repairs to strengthen it and ensure it remains safe for motorists and residents using the canal.  

It is estimated the work will take up to 16 weeks and will require roadworks to be installed on the bypass where it crosses the canal basin at Pontymoile.  

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More than £100m to improve public transport and support economic growth

More than £100 million is being invested in improving public transport and encourage economic growth, the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport, Ken Skates has said.

Wales’ 22 local authorities were invited to submit proposals to the Welsh Government for local transport improvements in their areas that will help to deliver the priorities and ambitions of Wales’ Transport Strategy - Llwybr Newydd.

These include:

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Course dates in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire County Council has announced courses for mature drivers and motorcyclists in 2024-25.

Dragon Rider is a motorcycle training course supported by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Enhanced Rider Scheme. The initial session is delivered via Microsoft Teams, which is then followed with the practical element which will be road based. This takes place a variety of roads throughout Pembrokeshire and neighbouring counties to meet the training needs of each individual rider, based on the advanced Police rider manual, Roadcraft.

Course dates
24 April 2024
22 May 2024
26 June 2024
17 July 2024
18 September 2024
23 October 2024
27 November 2024
15 January 2025
26 February 2025

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Police forces from Wales to London work together in brand new operation to tackle uninsured driving

Five police forces worked in collaboration in a first of its kind operation, tackling uninsured driving along the length of the M4 from London to Swansea.

The MIB (Motor Insurers' Bureau) initiative working alongside officers from South Wales, Gwent, Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire, and Thames Valley Police has seen uninsured vehicles seized along the 170 mile stretch of M4 carriageways.

Uninsured driving is, sadly, not a standalone issue. Over a quarter of the stops today uncovered secondary offences, including stolen vehicles and drug offences.

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Hop on for exciting Pembrokeshire e-bike trial

Residents and visitors to four Pembrokeshire areas are being invited to get on their bikes following the introduction of an exciting pay as you go e-bike trial.

Thanks to funding of £150,000 from the Swansea Bay and South West Wales Metro programme, the trial will run in Haverfordwest, Fishguard & Goodwick and Tenby for 12 months.

The trial, which starts on Monday 15th April, will see a fleet of e-bikes provided for members of the public to use for commuting, leisure and local activities.

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More than £4m of path and road maintenance, bridge strengthening and other work approved across NPT

Neath Port Talbot councillors have given the go ahead for more than £4m of highways engineering, maintenance and other works in all parts of the county borough.

It entails bridge strengthening (£300,000), drainage (£300,000), carriageway resurfacing (£1,852,000), footway resurfacing (£143,000), road surface dressing (£260,000), minor works such as traffic signs, barriers, traffic regulation orders (£445,000), delivery of the highway tree management strategy (£170,000) and other highways maintenance and associated measures (£587,000).

The Highways Works Programme was drawn up by officers using information including inspection reports from technical officers and other surveys plus local councillors’ surgeries.

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Police launch #OpDarwen Motorcycle Safety Campaign 2024

A campaign aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is now underway across North Wales.

The annual Operation Darwen campaign runs from early Spring through until the autumn, covering a period that sees the highest number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured. The campaign is aimed at promoting rider safety and will see high visibility patrols being carried out along key routes which have been identified as risk areas.

Over the coming months, officers from the Roads Crime Unit will be on active patrol across the region and will also be engaging with riders at popular biker meeting spots.

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Quality kit can save your skin

As a motorcyclist, what you wear is your only protection against injury if you’re involved in a collision.

It’s so important to always be kitted out correctly with the right clothing and equipment, whatever bike you ride, even if you’re just heading to the shop.

Whether you're commuting or out for a weekend ride; on a moped or a supersport bike; a short slide on tarmac will shred clothes and then take skin down to the bone in no time. Quality kit really can save your skin.

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Llanharan sustainable transport corridor to progress

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has confirmed that over the last year, the Council has been working closely with Welsh Government and Transport for Wales (TfW) to review the Llanharan Link Road, which was paused under the Welsh Government’s Roads Review.

Reconsideration of the proposed scheme, working in alignment to the new Welsh Government requirements for sustainability, has allowed the Council to work closely with Transport for Wales to re-design the scheme.

The re-designed scheme will deliver a new link road to help remove HGVs and heavy traffic through the village of Llanharan. However the new scheme will have public transport and active travel – with over 4km of active travel links - embedded in its principles.

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Free Ride Swansea returns for Easter

Swansea's free buses are back for the Easter holidays, starting this Saturday, March 23.

Local shoppers and day-trippers heading into Swansea city centre or out and about around can travel on buses for free every Saturday and Sunday over the Easter school holiday period.

Swansea Council Leader, Rob Stewart, welcomed the latest offer and hopes everyone will take advantage. He said: "Since we launched the offer people have enjoyed around 700,000 free bus rides.

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