20mph Speed Limit To Become A Reality On Welsh Roads

Plans for a default 20mph speed limit on Welsh roads have moved a step closer as eight pilot areas to trial the change have been confirmed.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said the move will reduce accidents and save lives.

The pilot areas will have a phased start from this summer until the end of the year. They come ahead of the planned national rollout for April 2023, and will help develop enforcement arrangements and overcome unforeseen issues before the full rollout.

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Anglesey's Active Travel Network Map Consultation

The consultation for the Isle of Anglesey’s Active Travel Network Map is now open, to help identify barriers and improvements to Active Travel walking and cycling routes.

Isle of Anglesey County Council is consulting on the Active Travel Network Map as part of its duties under the Active Travel Act 2013 (Wales).

The purpose of this phase of the consultation is to seek suggestions from the public to identify barriers and improvements to the cycling and walking network to access employment, education and key services which will increase the modal shift to more sustainable travel.

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Road Safety Improvements Throughout Cilfynydd

Work is due to begin to deliver a Safe Routes in Communities scheme for Cilfynydd - to relocate a pedestrian crossing, improve footways at several locations and introduce a 20mph speed limit through the village.

Work to deliver the scheme, which is wholly funded by the Welsh Government via a Safe Routes in Communities grant, will begin today, Monday February 15th and will last up to eight weeks. It follows Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s consultation with residents, which ran from December to January. Further information, including detailed plans of the proposals, remains available to view on the Council’s website.

The scheme comprises of three main elements, which include:

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Big Funding Boost For Healthy Travel

The Welsh Government has unveiled a £55 million funding package for councils to encourage people to take up healthier travel for short local journeys. The record funding boost represents an eleven-fold increase in the dedicated budget for investment in Active Travel in the last five years.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said, “We want to make it easier for people to make everyday journeys in ways that benefit their health and the environment.”

The 2021 to 2022 budget has allocated more than £55 million to be spent on active travel, an increase of £20 million from last year - up from £5 million in 2016 at the start of this Welsh Government term.

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Touchless Technology to be Trialled at Six Pedestrian Crossings

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council will begin to install touchless technology at six busy pedestrian crossings, in a trial funded by the Welsh Government as part of its support for sustainable transport measures in response to COVID-19.

The new setup will allow pedestrians to activate each of the signal controlled crossings by moving their hand under a sensor, instead of pushing a button. This detection technology is more reliable and efficient than the current button activation, and will help reduce the spread of coronavirus during the pandemic.

The technology will be trialled over four weeks, with installations beginning in the week commencing Monday, January 25. Stickers and signage will be placed at each crossing to inform pedestrians. These will be in place before the technology comes into use. If no issues arise during the trial, the technology could be implemented at all signal-controlled crossings in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The following six locations will be used for the initial trial exercise:

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Welsh Government Grant to Boost Cycling in Swansea

A Swansea street is being saved from losing its tree-lined character thanks to a multi-million pound investment to boost cycling in the city.

Swansea Council received more than £5.1 million in the summer last year to develop new Active Travel cycle routes in the city.

In total, nine kilometres of new cycle track are proposed across the city. One of the routes is along Mayals Road - a tree lined street and a main route between the seafront and the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Have Your Say On Active Travel In Rhondda Cynon Taf

Residents can now have their say on the current walking and cycling routes in Rhondda Cynon Taf, as well as their aspirations for future improvements, by taking part in the Council’s latest Active Travel consultation.

In October 2020, Cabinet agreed for the Council to undertake a further extensive public engagement exercise into its future Active Travel plans – as Members acknowledged the economic, health and environmental benefits of residents walking and cycling more often, as part of their daily routines.

The consultation will help the Council update its Integrated Network Map, which sets out the aspirations for investment in Active Travel over the next 15 years – for submission to Welsh Government during December 2021.

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Active Travel Improvements For Newtown

Works to extend the shared path on Llanidloes Road in Newtown to the college and theatre are due to begin shortly.

Funded by the Welsh Government, the improvements will complete the main Active Travel routes within the town, previously identified in consultations with residents, businesses and local communities. These Active Travel routes in Newtown will provide a safer network of routes for all users.

As part of the planned improvements, the path under Nantoer Bridge will be widened, significantly reducing the safely risk for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly young people travelling to and from the college.

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Active Travel (Walking and Cycling): April 2019 to March 2020

Information collected through the National Survey for Wales about active travel by people during April 2019 to March 2020 has been published by the Welsh Government.

Active travel is measured as walking for at least 10 minutes or cycling as a means of transport to get to a particular destination. It doesn’t include walking or cycling done for pleasure, health reasons or training.

The active travel questions in the most recent National Survey for Wales were asked of adults aged 16+ and over.

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St Albans Bridge, Blaenrhondda Reopens

The new St Albans Bridge in Blaenrhondda reopened to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians on Friday afternoon, following good progress made on its replacement scheme throughout the autumn months.

The bridge reopened on the 11 December, after a road safety audit was completed. The final stages of the scheme have seen the installation of street lighting, drainage and paving to the bridge deck – before the final resurfacing and white lining to the road was completed.

St Albans Bridge was built over the River Rhondda and railway line in the 1930s. In 2016, the Council’s Cabinet agreed to support its replacement and £1.78m funding was allocated towards the scheme in 2017/18 through #RCTinvest – with further funding allocated as the project progressed. The total cost of the scheme is £2.09m.

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