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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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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Views sought on new walking and cycling route into Swansea

A new safe walking and cycling route could be created along a main route into Swansea city centre.

Swansea Council previously received funding from the Welsh Government's Active Travel programme to help design a walking and cycling route, linking Sketty and Uplands to the city centre.

The Council has now come up with a design option which would see pavements and pedestrian crossings upgraded along Walter Road and Sketty Road as well as in Uplands.

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Work progresses on Williams Field Lane to Monnow Bridge Active Travel Route

Starting from 22nd January, Monmouthshire County Council will begin work on a new active travel route, the Williams Field Lane to Monnow Bridge Active Travel Route. 

This project is funded by the Welsh Government Active Travel Fund and Core Active Allocation Fund, and it aims to develop a brand-new active travel route in Monmouth.

This route is a crucial part of the comprehensive Active Travel network. It will provide direct access to Monnow Bridge and the services and facilities within the town centre. The path will connect Williams Field Lane to Monmouth town centre via Wonastow Road and Drybridge Street. It will also provide connections from Rockfield Road skatepark to the town centre.

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Works begin to build high-quality active travel infrastructure in Dafen, Llanelli

Carmarthenshire County Council has begun work to enhance the active travel route and crossing point along Exchange Row and the B4303 in Dafen, Llanelli. 

Locally, the works will make it safer to cross the B4303 whilst also providing improved onward connections as part of the proposed Llanelli Spinal route.  The route seeks to provide a high-quality pedestrian and cycling path for commuters and schoolchildren with links to employment sites, hospitals, and local schools.  Eventually the route will run between Hendy and the Millennium Coastal path with ties to the ongoing Pentre Awel development.

The scheme is being funded by the Welsh Government through their Active Travel Fund and has been secured by Carmarthenshire County Council, via a national competitive bidding process.  The funding can only be utilised for the purposes of new/enhanced Active Travel infrastructure. The design, comprising of Exchange Row and the B4303, is in line with the principles of Llwybr Newydd - The Wales Transport Strategy 2021.

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£1.2 million active travel improvements on Penrhos Road, Bangor

Work has begun on significant improvements that will make it easier for people to walk and cycle safely in the Ffordd Penrhos area near Bangor. 

Having secured £1.2 million of Active Travel support from the Welsh Government, Cyngor Gwynedd has collaborated with Transport for Wales to develop the plans. The current work is part of the first phase of improvements from the Coed Mawr area to Coed y Maes in Penrhosgarnedd.

Ffordd Penrhos connects residential areas with schools, travel centres, the hospital and employment areas. The aim of the work will be to provide a safe means of travel as people travel to school, work and leisure in the area.

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Check watt you’re getting this Christmas

Many of us fondly remember the excitement we felt throughout December, desperately hoping we’d have a new bike when we came downstairs on Christmas morning and longing to show it off to our friends at the earliest opportunity.

Being overjoyed at having 5, 10 or what seemed like a ridiculous 15 gears - how times have changed! As technology has progressed rapidly, we now have the luxury of e-bikes to assist us when we’re pedalling; a welcome benefit when riding up a steep hill, of which we have many in Wales.

If you are looking to purchase an e-bike for Christmas, it’s important to check that what you are buying is safe and legal. With so many models available, and second-hand e-bikes offering big savings compared to new models, some people may be unaware that the item they have spent their hard-earned money on could be illegal to use on the road or in a public place.

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Newtown Active Travel Bridge update

Construction of the new cycle and pedestrian active travel bridge in Newtown is progressing well, confirms Powys County Council.

Work to start building the long-awaited bridge across the River Severn began on-site in June and is being funded by the Welsh Government with support from Transport for Wales. The steel, single span, open arch structure will span approximately 53 metres and connect the riverside path on the west of the river to Pool Road on the east.

Whilst the bridge superstructure has been fabricated and painted offsite in contractor premises based in Wrexham and Mold, much of the groundworks have been progressing on site, including clearing and excavation, as well as construction of the bridge foundations and temporary supports to facilitate bridge assembly.

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New active travel routes

Torfaen County Borough Council has secured £420,000 Welsh Government active travel funding for the Oakfield Active Travel network scheme which will include 400 metres of new walking and cycling route to complement the new 180 metre long 3m wide shared use walking and cycling path which has been constructed from Court Farm Road Oakfield to the school along the edge of the recreation ground.  

The council has also secured £50,000 Safer Routes in Communities funding to carry out an assessment of roads and streets outside all Torfaen schools. This will aim to identify opportunities to improve road safety, such as restricting vehicle access during school start and finish times. 

Additional funding has also been awarded for smaller projects such as dropped kerbs, new bike racks and benches, and the identification and design of future projects. 

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