News

29/04/2020

Road Safety Wales Poster Competition

Young people aged up to 18 are invited to design a poster that will promote the safe use of active travel, the benefits of 20 mph speed limits on communities or to encourage safer driver behaviour across Wales. The winning entries will be shared on Road Safety Wales Partner social media channels.

Competition Guidelines

  1. Posters should ideally be A4 in size and of landscape orientation, not portrait.
  2. Artwork can be created using digital or non-digital formats.
  3. Only one entry per person is permitted.
  4. Entries should be submitted to Road Safety Wales, 2 Cwrt-y-Parc, Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5GH or communication@roadsafetywales.org.uk.
  5. All artwork must be original and not subject to copyright laws or discriminate toward any individual, company or organisation (such as showing alcohol or cigarette brands).
  6. The winning entries will be judged on originality, creativity, impact and the message being portrayed.

Winning entries will receive a cheque for £50 from Road Safety Wales and up to 5 winners will be selected after the competition closes on Friday 12th June 2020.

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12/03/2020

Active Travel Work Nears Completion

Work on the creation of a £1.5m safe pedestrian and cycle route linking both Pencoed and Coychurch to Bridgend will be completed by the end of March.

Work has been ongoing on the new routes for the last few months with traffic measures and diversions in place.

The project involves the construction of:

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06/03/2020

Pedestrian Crossing Safety Improvements in Penrhiwceiber

Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC will begin a series of improvements to a pedestrian crossing in Penrhiwceiber next week to increase safety.

Work on the pedestrian crossing at B4275 Penrhiwceiber Road – near the medical centre and paddling pool – will begin from Monday, 9 March. The scheme will provide a safer environment for pedestrians and road users.

The work will move the crossing point a short distance away from the junction, while the kerb will also be realigned to improve the left turn onto Cross Street for southbound traffic. The scheme will also include extending the electrical ducting and cabling, along with carriageway resurfacing and road markings.

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26/02/2020

Cardiff's School Active Travel Plan Launched

The launch of Cardiff Council’s School Active Travel Plan programme, took place recently at Howardian Primary School in Pen-y-lan.

Through the programme the council provides advice and support to all schools, enabling them develop an Active Travel Plan specific to their school. It provides officer support and online guidance and resources to help change travel behaviour by assisting schools to identify why parents are using cars.

The scheme will help schools to promote walking, cycling and scooting as a way of travelling to and from school, with the benefits of:

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23/01/2020

Public Consultation - Improving Transport Links Between Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil

Residents of Merthyr Tydfil and the Cynon Valley are being consulted on plans to improve transport links between the two valleys. Opinions are being sought on bus services and more direct and safe Active Travel routes, such as reopening the Abernant to Merthyr Tunnel for walking and cycling.

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Councils are working together with the aim of making the journey easier for people who travel between Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil for reasons including work, education, shopping and entertainment.

The plan is for improved Active Travel routes, as these are currently limited to the seven-mile stretch of main road linking the valleys, with some very steep sections and high volumes of traffic.

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15/01/2020

£2bn Transport Vision Revealed for Cardiff

A transport vision designed to transform Cardiff and South East Wales' transport network has been unveiled by Cardiff Council.

The council's Transport White Paper, lays out an ambitious 10-year plan to tackle the climate emergency, reduce congestion and improve air quality in the Welsh capital.

It lists a series of projects which could revolutionise public transport options in Cardiff and the region, including:

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02/01/2020

Swansea City Centre Work To Improve Active Travel Connections

Swansea Council has commissioned important work to help improve Swansea city centre, which will take place from 6 January. The work will include the pedestrianisation the upper section of Union Street and an adjoining part of Park Street.

Alongside work already undertaken on the neighbouring Kingsway, it will help improve walking and cycling connections through the city centre.

Throughout the work, access to the car parks in Park Street will be maintained via Portland Street; pedestrian access will remain at all times and business are being kept informed of progress.

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24/12/2019

School Streets – A Pilot Scheme for Cardiff

Cardiff Council has announced that to address roads around school gates being dominated by cars, causing a potential danger to children and contributing to harmful pollution levels, a pilot scheme will be introduced around five schools.

Cardiff Council wants to ensure that children can attend school as safely as possible; the School Street scheme will begin on from the 6 January 2020, to help to reduce traffic around school entrances during peak drop-off and pick-up times.

During term time, motor vehicles will not be permitted to drive in the specified streets on weekdays between 8.30am - 9.15am and 2.45pm - 3.45pm​.​ Signs will inform drivers of the restrictions at the entrance to the School Street and any unauthorised vehicles entering during restricted times will be issued with a penalty charge notice of £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days.

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20/12/2019

Electric Bikes Trialled in the Gwent Force Area

Electric bikes are being trialled in Gwent with the introduction of two to the force's fleet.

Chief Superintendent Ian Roberts, in charge of policing in Newport and Monmouthshire, is one of the officers testing out the new e-bikes in the force and he has been chatting to residents on his trips around Newport and Cwmbran during the last few weeks.

The bikes are equipped with a battery which allows riders to travel greater distances, climb hills with ease and provide assistance of up to 15mph.

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03/12/2019

DVLA Code Challenge 2019

In recent years, Road Safety Wales has been delighted to partner with the DVLA for the Wales National Coding Challenge for 7-11 year olds and 11-14 year olds.

The challenge calls for pupils to develop their problem solving, communication and teamwork skills as well as improving their knowledge of computer programming in a fun and innovative way, while having the chance to win excellent IT equipment prizes for their schools or groups.

Today sees the culmination of the pupil’s hard work with an event at the Richard Ley Development Centre in Swansea, hosted by news presenter Sian Lloyd.

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