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19/07/2021

Work to Begin on Pencoed Active Travel Route Second Phase

Work on the second phase of an active travel route in the Pencoed area starts today, Monday 19 July and will last for around 13 weeks.

As part of the £580,000 scheme, existing networks in Pencoed will be connected at Felindre Road with the installation of a three-metre wide footway/cycleway. This section completes the missing link between Felindre Road to the east of Pencoed Cemetery, and the existing network in Pencoed that goes as far as Felindre Roundabout/Pencoed Technology Park.

The network will also be connected to Ty Merchant and Penprysg. This will see a new footway/cycleway created on both sides of Penybont Road, a new toucan crossing to the west of Ty Merchant, and cycle ‘wheeling ramps’ installed on the footbridge that connects Ty Merchant over the railway. Carriageway resurfacing will also take place along Penybont Road.

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16/07/2021

Written Statement: Publication of Active Travel Act Guidance 2021

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change:

“Achieving a shift from private cars to walking and cycling as well as public transport is essential for meeting our net zero carbon emission target, and a key commitment of Llwybr Newydd, the new Wales Transport Strategy we published earlier this year.

“This requires people in Wales to have access to coherent, high quality walking and cycling routes that connect where they live to where they need to go. The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 requires local authorities to plan and deliver networks of those routes. Today I am publishing updated Active Travel Act Guidance to help them fulfil this duty.

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09/07/2021

Safer Streets Save Lives

Plans to reduce the national default speed limit in Wales from 30mph to 20mph on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets will form part of the Welsh Government’s legislative priorities for this year, Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters has confirmed.

If passed, Wales will be the first country in the UK to introduce the change which will play an instrumental role in helping to save lives, protect our communities and improve quality of life for everyone.

The first phase of this change is being rolled out in eight communities across Wales this year in order to gather data and develop a best practice approach before the proposed full rollout in 2023. As part of this approach the Welsh Government has today launched a consultation for people to have their say on the change before the necessary legislation is laid.  The consultation will run for 12 weeks and will come to an end on 30 September.

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06/07/2021

Permanent Active Travel Approved - Cowbridge Road, Bridgend

Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet has approved plans for an active travel route along Cowbridge Road which will provide the final major link in the Pencoed to Bridgend town centre network.

Once complete, the Pencoed to Bridgend active travel network will connect to the existing active travel network into Brackla, as well as National Cycle Network Route 885 which links the town centre with Bridgend Railway Station, Broadlands and Tondu.

The £1.8m scheme which is being funded by a Welsh Government Active Travel Grant will see crossing facilities installed, the widening of footways to become a shared walking and cycle route, as well as a reduction of the current speed limit along Cowbridge Road.

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30/06/2021

Relocation of Ynys Roundabout Crossing - A4059 in Aberdare

Public notices have been published as part of plans to relocate the pedestrian crossing at A4059 (Ynys) Roundabout in Aberdare – to improve links between the town centre, school and leisure centre, and improve A4059 traffic flow. 

There are currently two crossing points at the Ynys Roundabout – a toucan crossing and a steep footbridge over the road. These enable pedestrians to move between Duke Street and the Sobell school and leisure site, and in the direction of Aberdare Railway Station, Robertstown and Abernant.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s proposal is to remove both crossings, including the traffic lights at the roundabout, and replace them with a new Active Travel bridge over Afon Cynon and a new crossing on the A4059. The bridge will be located around 80-metres southwards, between the rear of Sobell Leisure Centre and the rear of Aberdare Bus Station.

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17/05/2021

Walking and Cycling - Your First Choice for Local Journeys

The Commonplace website is where you can find out about the active travel consultations underway across Wales.

Local Authorities are using the online consultation platform as they shape plans to improve towns and villages with the aim of making them better places to live, work and visit. By upgrading and creating new walking and cycling routes active travel can increasingly become the normal way to get around for local journeys. This cuts down unnecessary traffic and helps families get about safely, improves air quality and increases the attractiveness of places where we spend time for our daily journeys.

Everyone can have their say – if you are already someone who regularly gets about on foot or by bike, you’ll know where things are good but also where improvements are needed, but the project especially needs to hear from people who are yet to discover the joys of active travel. What changes and improvements might help you swap to walking or cycling, when using the car isn't really necessary? Maybe you know where a new cycle route is needed, or perhaps it’s a lack of safe crossing points, no dropped kerbs, or cars parked on the pavement that are the problem.

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17/05/2021

New Pedestrian Crossing to Improve Safe Routes to School

Construction of a new pedestrian crossing at Brecon Road in Hirwaun will start today, as part of the Council’s safe routes in communities work in areas which have benefitted from 21st Century Schools investment. 

The new safe crossing point for the community will be located near Brecon Road’s junction with Cross Street, in order to create a safer environment for pedestrians who wish to cross the main road. The work will also include new streetlights, kerbs and paving to deliver further improvements at this location.

The pedestrian crossing is being funded by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to complement the new £10.2m, 21st Century Schools facilities for the nearby Hirwaun Primary School – which was a recent joint investment alongside the Welsh Government.

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10/05/2021

Council Confirms Decision to Remove Traffic Lights

Monmouthshire County Council has confirmed that the traffic lights on Bridge Street in Usk will be removed today, Monday 10th May, allowing for the return to two-way traffic. The decision has come following a review of the traffic management system and feedback from businesses and residents.

As Wales now enters Alert Level 3 of its COVID plan, with schools and the majority of businesses having reopened, the short-term interventions introduced by the council in 2020 have been re-evaluated. When the measures were introduced last year, the COVID-19 case rates across the county were significantly higher and the vaccine roll out had not taken place. Now, with more vehicles on the roads through Usk once again, the council has taken a view that benefits of the temporary traffic measures are being negated by the issues experienced recently by motorists and businesses.

A spokesperson for the council said: “The easing of lockdown restrictions and the reopening of schools and businesses have resulted in increased traffic volumes in Usk and we have been aware of longer queue times and queue lengths along Bridge Street recently. We are concerned that with the increased traffic levels, the temporary lights are no longer operating effectively and have concluded that now is the right time to remove them. Although pollution levels remain well below trigger levels, we are also concerned that increased queue lengths could result in a potential impact on air quality, which we want to avoid.

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27/04/2021

Walking And Cycling Boost For Swansea

A series of Active Travel walking and cycling routes are set to be developed in parts of Swansea to help improve the local environment and keep people healthy.

Swansea Council has received more than £3million from the Welsh Government Active Travel programme which will be used to construct a number of shared use paths in communities across the city.

The new paths will link up with existing cycle and walking routes and help expand the overall cycling and walking infrastructure throughout Swansea.

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19/04/2021

Work on Llangollen Temporary Active Travel Scheme

Further work has taken place on a temporary active travel scheme in Llangollen. As part of the scheme in the town centre white lines have been painted on either side of the temporary rubber kerbs and bollards to make them more visible.

The temporary scheme was introduced to facilitate social distancing and make it easier for people to travel actively within the town centre.

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire County Council’s Head of Planning and Public Protection, said, “Following some concerns a site inspection was undertaken by road safety engineers which found no issues of concern, however further work to enhance the scheme has taken place. This has included the painting of white lines.”

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