£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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Welsh Government to Reduce Flood Risk and Improve Connectivity, Safety and Active Travel at Dyfi Bridge

The proposed new Dyfi Bridge on the A487 north of Machynlleth, has been given the go-ahead by Welsh Government Transport Minister Ken Skates.

The £46m scheme will improve road safety, strengthen links between communities, provide active travel opportunities and build resilience against flooding, as well as improve transport connectivity to help stimulate further economic development in this part of Wales.

The current Dyfi Bridge is a 19th century stone narrow bridge with poor visibility and no footways. The river Dyfi frequently floods, severing communities on either side of the bridge, with these incidents likely to increase because of climate change. The bridge’s closures can impact on the community’s ability to access key services such as healthcare, education and public transport in Machynlleth and beyond.

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Over 200 Drivers Arrested in North Wales During The Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign

North Wales Police has reported that the month-long campaign, which ran from 1st December 2019 to 1st January 2020, resulted in 100 drink driving arrests and 101 drug driving arrests across the region.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Armed Alliance, local policing as well as the Special Constabulary were deployed across North Wales to carry out stop checks and used intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspot areas to detect people driving whilst under the influence.

Superintendent Jane Banham, Head of the Roads Policing Unit for North Wales Police said, “More than 200 drivers had a Christmas and New Year to remember for all the wrong reasons – after being arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving.

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Young Drivers Targeted in Tywyn, Gwynedd

Young drivers in Tywyn have been targeted by police in an operation to clamp down on anti-social driving.

Officers from the Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and the local policing team carried out a dedicated campaign focussing on the Tywyn area due to several complaints from local residents.

In response to the concerns, the local PCSO’s for the area linked in with the Road Safety Unit to arrange the operation to target those driving modified vehicles in an anti-social manner and at excess speed on the High Street in Tywyn.

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Thousands of Potholes Filled Within 48 Hours of Being Reported

Almost 4,000 potholes have been repaired in Swansea over the last nine months, new figures have revealed.

In 2016, Swansea Council pledged to undertake pothole repairs within 48 hours of residents reporting issues to the Council's Highway Maintenance Team. A new online reporting system was developed to make it easy for residents to submit reports.

Since April, the council has met their deadline 95% of the time. Between April and the end December 2018, 3,853 potholes have been repaired, taking the overall total since the scheme launched to more than 17,300.

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School Crossing Patrol Award Winners In The Vale of Glamorgan

A number of School Crossing Patrol Officers in the Vale of Glamorgan were recognised recently at the council's annual Road Safety Awards presentation, organised by the council’s Road Safety Team. The awards recognise the contribution provided by SCPs working throughout the county.

The award for School’s Crossing Patrol of the Year was presented to Nicholas Latham, a popular member of the St Helen’s School community in Barry; Nicholas helps youngsters cross the busy stretch of road on Tynewydd Hill.

Other award winners included Ruth Grant of Barry, Julie Ellis of Llantwit Major and David Regan, who was the winner for Penarth, Sully & Dinas Powys.

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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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