Traffic Regulation Orders - Statutory Consultation

In preparation for the implementation of Welsh Government’s new 20mph legislation on 17 September 2023, Flintshire County Council, has over recent months, undertaken an assessment of local roads against current national guidance.

As a result of this assessment sections of a small number of roads have been identified that have the potential for existing speed limits to be increased above 30mph. The locations of these proposals are:

• Buckley - Padeswood Road South, Bannel Lane, Drury Lane and Drury New Road

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Summer plans for Llangollen parking

Council and police officers are working together to manage parking at Llangollen’s Horseshoe falls and the surrounding area this summer season.

Denbighshire County Council and North Wales Police are urging visitors to the hotspot to park responsibly this summer and consider planning ahead to visit other attractions that are available across the Dee Valley if the area is busy.

The Council has made a number of preparations already to manage an increase in visitors.

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Written Statement: Transport update

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change.

I am writing to provide you with a transport update, following the publication of the National Transport Delivery Plan and Welsh Government’s response to the roads review earlier this year.

A new approach to the operation and management of the strategic road network
Our transport infrastructure must be safe, accessible, well-maintained and future-proofed. To achieve this, we need to think differently about how we manage and maintain our network, to comply with our statutory duties and our response to the climate emergency. To better understand the changes required, I commissioned an independent review of the annual programmes of work, led by Matthew Lugg OBE, and their suitability for the management of the strategic road network in Wales.

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County public EV charging network increases in size

More public electric vehicle (EV) charging points are now live across Denbighshire to support the reduction of the county’s carbon footprint.

The network of live EV charging stations are located at public car parks in Denbigh, Ruthin, Llangollen, Rhyl and Prestatyn, providing EV charge sites to support travel across Denbighshire. It is hoped the EV charging station in the Bowling Green car park in St Asaph will go live during week commencing 10th July.

Work on the additional charging network for a few sites has been supported by grant funding via the UK Government’s Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV)

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Free buses are back for the summer holidays

Thousands of residents are getting a chance to enjoy free bus services right across Swansea for this year's school summer holidays.

The popular service is back for a third summer as new figures revealed almost half a million rides were enjoyed by residents and visitors during the offer's first two summer seasons.

Long, Friday to Monday weekends of free bus travel, starting and finishing in Swansea, will begin on 28 July and run until the bank holiday on 28 August.

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Schools road safety improvements almost complete

Work is nearing completion on road safety improvements outside two town centre primary schools in Merthyr Tydfil.

Caedraw Road is access-only, meaning it can only be used by people needing access to their properties or place of work.

The street cannot be used for parking other than permitted use for school buses, taxis and disabled users - and then only within designated bays for a limited period, as stated on the road signs.

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Have your say on proposed active travel provisions at Benllech

Anglesey council is encouraging Benllech residents and visitors to have their say on proposed new active travel provisions in the area.

Potential improvements to walking and cycling routes in and around the seaside village form part of a newly launched consultation.

If supported, it is hoped that these improvements would encourage more people to take advantage of active ways of travelling.

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Latest operation to crackdown on motoring offences

Operation Utah – a multi-agency day of action – is designed to identify and tackle road users putting other motorists at risk – either by driving illegally or by driving vehicles not up to a safe standard.

The road safety operation took place on Tuesday 27 June at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) weighbridge and test site at Newport’s Coldra roundabout.

Officers from the Gwent Police roads policing unit teamed up with partners from the DVSA and GoSafe.

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Three months to go: Deputy Minister says 20mph switch will save lives and build stronger communities

Reducing speed will not only save lives but will help build stronger, safer communities, Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters has said, three months before the introduction of the default 20mph speed limit.

Described as the ‘biggest step-change in community safety in a generation’, most streets in Wales that currently have a 30mph speed limit will switch to 20mph on Sunday, 17th September. The change comes after four years of work with local authorities, police and road safety experts to design a change in law, making Wales the first UK nation to reset the default speed limit for local roads.

The Deputy Minister with responsibility for transport said, “We’re now just three months away from the biggest step-change in community safety we have seen in Wales for a generation.

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Ride to Work Day 2023

Ride to Work Day, which takes place on Monday 19th June is an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of motorcycle commuting, and to show that biking can be a practical alternative to commuting by car.

Alongside cycling and walking, motorcycles and scooters provide a sensible alternative for anyone wishing to avoid gridlocked roads on their commute.

As part of this year’s activities, the organisers at Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) are encouraging motorcyclists to take part in a new survey to establish if employers are providing sensible, secure and safe motorcycle parking at workplaces.

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