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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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25/01/2021

Improving Pedestrian Safety In Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is installing permanent bollards in the town centre to combat the increasing problem of vehicles using pedestrianised sections and causing a danger to shoppers.

There will be 31 bollards installed in Market Square and Upper High Street over the next month to restrict access to goods delivery vehicles only, and at certain times of the day and week.

Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection said, “Our Regeneration team have been working on developing a scheme to prevent the daily and prohibited vehicle movement on our pedestrianised High Street.

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26/06/2020

Stop for Your Local Lollipop: Using Socially Distanced School Crossings

With the wider return to school in Wales from Monday 29 June, some School Crossing Patrols will be back in operation, helping to ensure the safety of children, parents and carers as they walk to school.

The way the service operates will have changed to enable social distancing to keep everyone safe.

  • Look out for markings on the path and make sure you keep a 2m distance from the School Crossing Patrol and other people at all times
  • Listen carefully to the School Crossing Patrol, they will give instructions on crossing safely
  • Only cross when the School Crossing Patrols tells you it’s safe to do so
  • Drivers are reminded to stop for the School Crossing Patrol allowing plenty of room for the SCP to retain a 2m gap between themselves and the crossing users

Enjoy the walk to school and stay safe.

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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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12/03/2018

RoSPA Welcomes Call for Evidence on Safer Cycling and Walking

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a call for evidence on ways to make cycling and walking safer while also increasing cycling and walking. RoSPA is pleased that the consultation covers both pedestrians and cyclists because, together, they accounted for 550 road accident deaths in Great Britain in 2016 – 31 per cent of the overall total.

RoSPA strongly supports measures that encourage healthy and sustainable travel. The key to increasing cycling and walking, and so gaining all the health and environmental benefits that result, is to create a safe on and off-road environment, improve road user attitudes and behaviour towards each other and produce safer vehicles that reduce the risk to those most vulnerable when involved in a collision. Improvements in road design, speed reduction measures and improved training and education would have a strong safety benefit for both cyclists and pedestrians.

Nick Lloyd, road safety manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said: “We are really pleased that the call for evidence recognises the importance of a ‘safe systems approach’ as a way of protecting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. It is an unfortunate reality that as humans we do make mistakes and when this happens it should not result in death or life-changing injury.

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20/12/2017

Operation Snap Launches Wales-Wide

Motorists can now contribute to help Wales’s police forces keep roads safe by putting digital footage from dash cams and other devices to good use.

From today, as part of Operation Snap, members of the public throughout Wales can submit footage and images showing traffic offences being committed – from driving dangerously or carelessly to contravening solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving or ignoring traffic lights.

Initially devised and piloted by the GoSafe unit in North Wales Police and the Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, the operation has now been introduced Wales-wide following further developments by South Wales Police and GoSafe. It will give members of the public the power to assist forces in taking action against those who put other road users at risk.

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25/10/2017

Be Bright Be Seen This Halloween

Be safe and be seen this Halloween, is the message from Carmarthenshire County Council’s road safety team.

To coincide with the clocks going back on Sunday, 29 October the team is launching its annual ‘Be Seen’ campaign

As the evenings become dark earlier and it becomes more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, children are being encouraged to wear bright or fluorescent clothing by day and reflective by night.

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20/10/2017

Brighten Up! Be Safe, Be Seen

Police are urging road users to be safe as the darker mornings and evenings approach.

Sunday 29 October marks the end of British Summer Time and North Wales Police would like to remind road users to take extra care and remain vigilant when out and about.

With the clocks going back by one hour, the changes mean the days become shorter and it becomes darker much earlier and children, pedestrians and cyclists become even more vulnerable as they are less visible to motorists.

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10/10/2017

Road Safety Is A Top Priority For Derwendeg Primary School

Pupils from Derwendeg Primary School recently took part in a road safety event, as well as overseeing the installation of a new 20MPH zone outside the school.

Members of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road Safety Team were joined by Cllr Sean Morgan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Sustainability, who awarded a trophy to the class who travel most sustainably to school.

Competition was fierce, with the majority of children in the school choosing to walk or cycle, with the winning class having 85% of children travelling to school in this way. The competition will now be held every term.

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09/10/2017

New Safe Crossing Point Installed at Treforest Industrial Estate

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has installed a new safe crossing point at Treforest Industrial Estate, following a significant joint investment with the University of South Wales (USW).

The £150,000 project has seen a toucan crossing introduced at Main Avenue (A4054), located between the USW Sports Park and Powys Road junctions. It provides a safe crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists on the main road through the industrial estate, with Treforest Estate Railway Station nearby.

Following the installation of the new traffic signal controlled pedestrian crossing, the traffic signals were commissioned on Tuesday, October 3, and are now fully operational.

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