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12/08/2021

One-Way System for St Davids Returns to Create Room for Pedestrians

A temporary one-way road system has been introduced in St Davids to create more room for pedestrians.

It follows similar measures taken last summer in response to concerns over the city’s narrow pavements, and aims to create more space for visitors and residents to enjoy the city.

The new system will see High Street become one-way from Oriel y Parc (the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park visitor centre) to Cross Square. This will allow the footway along the whole route to be considerably widened and marked using traffic cones.

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09/08/2021

Work to Start on Cowbridge Road Active Travel Improvements

Work is due to begin on active travel improvements between Waterton Roundabout and the railway bridge on Cowbridge Road in Bridgend.

As part of the £715,000 scheme, the footway will be widened and a toucan crossing will be installed at the York Road junction on Cowbridge Road. There will also be carriageway resurfacing undertaken at the junction.

Work is due to start today (Monday 9 August) for up to 17 weeks.

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05/08/2021

Subways in Torfaen Receive Makeover

Staff and volunteers with Torfaen Play Service are bringing a splash of colour to underground walkways this summer.

The team recently brightened up a subway in Greenmeadow making it more attractive for the public to use.

Torfaen Play plans to make-over 6 similar subways across Torfaen by the end of the summer.

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04/08/2021

Views on Walking and Cycling Routes Needed

People living in Neath Port Talbot are being asked for their views on both existing and planned walking and cycling (Active Travel) routes in the county borough during a 12-week consultation period.

The consultation follows an earlier walking and cycling consultation which took place from November 27th, 2020 to January 15th this year with a total of 2,642 contributions received and 1,040 people responding.

The council has carefully considered all the comments and combined this public opinion together with other relevant information to produce a draft Active Travel Network Map (ATNM) for each of the designated settlements in the area.

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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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