Written Statement: Publication of the Active Travel Delivery Plan 2024-27

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change

Today, I am publishing the Active Travel Delivery Plan 2024-2027.

A commitment in our National Transport Delivery Plan (NTDP), the Active Travel Delivery Plan sets out in more detail how we and our delivery partners will implement the active travel commitments in Llwybr Newydd and the NTDP.

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New 20mph enforcement sites

An update from GoSafe

Following the change in default speed limit, we have continued to review driver behaviour and the response to the change, whilst engaging with communities across Wales with Operation Ugain.

We have continued to receive public requests for enforcement in their communities. These are assessed using our enforcement criteria and where appropriate, enforcement sites will be established where there is evidence of road safety risk.

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Car club network will connect rural communities thanks to £1 million boost

The Welsh Government will invest £1 million to create a network of car clubs to connect rural communities, Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters announced today.

The move comes as part of plans to meet ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions with aims for public transport, walking and cycling trips to account for 45% of journeys by 2040.

Today’s announcement builds on steps the Welsh Government has already taken to improve accessibility in rural communities, such as the response led Fflecsi bus service.

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Plans underway for grant funding bid to reopen popular path

Pembrokeshire County Council is finalising plans to bid for Welsh Government funding to repair and reopen the recently closed Wiseman’s Bridge to Saundersfoot path.

The popular route, which is also a section of the National Cycle Route 4, had to be closed on safety grounds following landslips in November, December and most recently February.

Pembrokeshire County Council understands the concern among residents about local access and that a plan is needed to address the issue with landslides attributed to heavy rainfall over recent months.

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More than 56,000 tests conducted in national Christmas drink and drug drive operation

Policing’s national operation to tackle drink and drug driving has seen consistently high results for the second year running, with more than 6,600 motorists arrested for offences.

Many police forces undertake a proactive operation around Christmas each year to increase breath testing and targeted vehicle stops for drivers suspected of being under the influence. Christmas 2022 saw the first national operation, called Op Limit, to coordinate this activity across the country – bringing together all police forces in a concerted effort to remove drink and drug drivers from our roads.

2023 saw all police forces take part in the operation, engaging in education and awareness events, communications around the risks of driving under the influence, targeted vehicle stops in hot spot areas and intelligence led patrols.

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Written Statement: 20mph Early Speed Data

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change

In September 2023, we introduced a 20mph default speed limit in built-up areas of Wales.

The aim was clear: reduce the speed of vehicles and reduce deaths and severe injuries on our roads. Lower speeds will, in turn, create safer, better communities to live, work and lead our lives.

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Denbighshire County Council begins active travel improvements

Denbighshire County Council has started works to introduce a series of active travel enhancements in Lower Denbigh.

The works, which are grant funded from the Welsh Government Active Travel Fund specifically for the improvement of active travel, aims to reduce the number of short everyday journeys that are undertaken in motor vehicles and increase levels of active travel in Denbighshire.

These enhancements will create safer walking and cycling routes to key local amenities and enable people to make healthier, greener, and cheaper travel choices.

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Work begins on Holywell safer route

Flintshire County Council’s Streetscene and Transportation team is pleased to confirm that £487k funding has been secured to carry out a new safer route in the town.

Thanks to funding from Welsh Government, the footpath along the A5026 Holway Road and Whitford Street will be widened, making it safer and more accessible for pupils, parents and the wider community.

It follows a 4-week public consultation in September 2023 where residents were invited to attend a drop-in information event and encouraged to have their say on which routes they’d like to see improved.

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Written Statement: Roads Review: One Year On

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change

A year ago, we published the independent report of the Roads Review and our response to it - a new approach that has generated interest from around the world.

Our roads policy statement made clear we would continue investing in roads that:

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Local scheme in Church Village to improve walking routes to school

A series of improvements will be delivered in the weeks ahead as part of the Church Village Safe Routes in Communities scheme – focusing on upgrading pedestrian facilities on streets near Llanilltud Faerdref Primary School.

From today, Monday, 29 January, work will begin to establish a safer environment for pedestrians that encourages people to walk more of their local journeys – including families travelling to and from their local primary school. The Council has appointed ERH Communications Ltd as the contractor to deliver the work from Monday. The scheme will last around nine weeks in total, and includes:

  • Improving sections of footway, while installing and upgrading informal crossing points using tactile paving where it is necessary.
  • Delivering kerb line improvements at the southern junction between St. Illtyds Road and Cae Fardre, which will shorten the crossing distance.
  • Cutting back vegetation at a number of locations where it has become overgrown and is an obstruction to Public Right of Way footpaths.
  • Constructing a new footway on the southern side of Cae Fardre, between Birch Grove and the playing field access, to formalise a link to the playing fields.
  • Removing 40-metres of the layby located to the east of the junction with Station Road, to create a continuous footway at this location.
  • Improving the existing footway that stretches along the entrance to Ty Illtyd Car Park and around the junction to St Illtyds Road.

Welsh Government announced that the Council has secured £340,000 funding for these works in Church Village during June 2023, as part of its 2023/24 Safe Routes in Communities scheme. This represents an 80% contribution, and the remainder will be provided by Council match funding.

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