News

28/11/2019

#SurroundTheTown - Cwmbran

Following the success of the Newport enforcement day, 'Surround The Town' returns today in Cwmbran. Gwent Police will again be working with GoSafe, Torfaen County Borough Council and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, to address poor driving and local crime priorities and to highlight local services.

'Surround the Town' will involve multiple teams across the town to help ensure that those living in, working or visiting Cwmbran can do so in a safe environment. The operation will target motoring offences and raise awareness of collision risk factors. Parking enforcement, tackling anti-social behaviour, drug offences and organised crime groups will also be a part of the enforcement initiative.

The key road safety activities are:

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19/11/2019

Help To Teach School Children In Torfaen How To Cross Roads Safely

Kerbcraft is a road safety scheme which teaches children how to be safer pedestrians. Funding within Torfaen is provided by the Welsh Government and Torfaen County Borough Council, and the council is currently asking drivers to assist with the training.

During the 10-12 week course, road safety officers and volunteers take primary school children out to real roads and show them how the right decision-making and behaviour can really help them to keep safe. The children learn skills including how to choose safe places and routes to cross the road, crossing safely near parked cars and crossing safely near junctions.

Lesley Rosser, Child Pedestrian Training Co-ordinator for Torfaen, said, “We train more than 1,000 children per year across the borough, and in late September we started training 17 primary schools.

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14/11/2019

Road Safety Spot Checks Outside Denbighshire Schools

A clampdown on anti-social parking outside schools will take place in Denbighshire, council officers will be carrying out spot checks at schools and informing motorists about road safety.

Police Community Support Officers and Civil Enforcement Officers will also be attending schools to deter parents from parking on zig zags and double yellow lines.

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire County Council’s Head of Planning and Public Protection Services, said, “Anti-social driving and parking around the county’s schools puts children’s lives in danger. We are urging parents to observe the Highway Code and facilitate the safeguarding of our children. Parking on pavements and zig zags forces children to walk on roads which are busy and congested during these hours.

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11/11/2019

New Road At Five Mile Lane

Vale of Glamorgan Council Deputy Leader Lis Burnett was joined by Welsh Government Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates AM to mark the opening of the new A4226, known locally as Five Mile Lane.

In a joint project that saw investment of more than £20 million, the new route, which runs from the Sycamore Cross junction of the A48 to the Weycock Cross roundabout in Barry, will be safer than its predecessor and offer improved journey times.

The scheme also brings a significant environmental benefit, with a range of plants along its route creating an ecological corridor.

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24/10/2019

All Aboard for the Walking Bus at Tynewydd Primary School

Tynewydd Primary School in Newbridge are the latest school in Caerphilly County Borough to take part in the walking bus initiative as part of International Walk to School Month.

Pupils were joined by staff, parents, the council’s road safety officer and Alfie the dog earlier this week as they set off on their first walking bus from the centre of Newbridge.

20 Caerphilly primary schools across the county have a walking bus and regularly hold assemblies and lessons to teach pupils about road safety.

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16/08/2019

More Safe Routes for Walking and Cycling in Bridgend

More than £3.6m worth of transport and active travel improvements will be made in Bridgend County Borough over the next year thanks to grants from the Welsh Government.

A total of £3,657,980 has been awarded to Bridgend County Borough Council to fund construction work of new safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists, new active travel routes and accessibility improvements at a number of bus stops. The funding also allows the council to provide road safety and cycle training for schoolchildren, as well as Pass Plus Cymru courses for new drivers.

The active travel improvements being planned by the council include new shared pedestrian and cycling routes linking Brackla to Bridgend town centre, between Pencoed and the Pencoed Technology Park, a route connecting Coychurch with both the Waterton Industrial Estate and Retail Park, and improvements around Coity. Work on all of these schemes is due to start in October and be completed by spring 2020.

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21/11/2018

Engaging With Communities

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Road Safety Team is out and about in local communities undertaking a busy programme of activities to promote Road Safety Week 2018.

During the week road users are being encouraged to be to be ‘Bike Smart’, helping to increase safety for cyclists and motorcyclists.

The week started at the Asda store in Aberdare, where the Road Safety Team were joined by staff from GoSafe - The Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership and the Council’s Parking Enforcement team to deliver important road safety messages and to answer questions from the public.

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25/10/2018

See and Be Seen!

As the clocks go back this weekend, longer periods of darkness in the mornings and evenings, alongside worsening weather conditions, mean the risk of being involved in a road traffic collision increases.

Road Safety Wales is advising road users of the need to prepare and to take extra care in the darker conditions. In the dark it becomes even more important that pedestrians and cyclists make every effort to ensure they can be seen by other road users and that drivers look out for those who are walking and cycling.

Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales, said, “Drivers must check that their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition. All tyres must be undamaged, with sufficient tread and inflated to the correct pressure.

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19/10/2018

Review of the Highway Code

Transport Minister Jesse Norman has announced a review of the Highway Code to help keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on the roads.

The new Highway Code is expected to highlight how to avoid the dangers of close passing, and encourage people to adopt the ‘Dutch reach’, a method of opening a car door with the hand furthest from the handle, to force drivers to look over their shoulder for passing traffic. It may also set new rules for giving pedestrians and cyclists the right of way at side roads.

Cycling and Walking Minister, Jesse Norman said, “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, but we need them to be safer still for all – and particularly for cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

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09/10/2018

A Reminder For Extra Care Around The Crossing

A bright and bold new banner can now be seen at Cleddau Reach VC School in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire, encouraging drivers to take extra care around the pedestrian crossing used by pupils.

Staff, parents and pupils were concerned that a small minority of motorists were not as vigilant as they could be when approaching the crossing in the busy car park. As a result, the school council launched a competition inviting pupils to design a banner encouraging drivers to be more careful.

Two hundred children took part in the competition and the school council shortlisted nine designs before asking the road safety team at Pembrokeshire County Council to select an overall winner.

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