More Improvements to Roads in Swansea

Roads in a Swansea are getting the PATCH treatment to help repair large sections of road surface which have deteriorated.

The Priority Action Team for Community Highways (PATCH) is part of Swansea Council's annual highway maintenance programme and involves maintenance teams visiting each ward in the city for up to two weeks, repairing sections of road which have been identified as needing an upgrade.

The PATCH initiative has been operating in Swansea for a number of years and this year the Council has set aside £720k to roll out the programme across the city.

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Roads Enforcement and Safety Survey

The UK Government is currently reviewing roads policing, and what the future of traffic law enforcement may look like.

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners is keen to hear your views and you are invited to complete a short survey to help inform the Police and Crime Commissioners' response to the Government.

The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and can be accessed here.

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COVID-19 - Bus Emergency Scheme Continuation of Services

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Welsh Government has continued to fund bus services, firstly through maintaining a skeleton network to support essential journeys, and more recently additional funding to ramp up services to support the re-opening of schools and the wider economy. This is in addition to wider transport measures including support for rail services and additional active travel measures.

Further to the announcement last month of an additional £10m of funding to support the provision of a fuller service from September, Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, was yesterday, pleased to announce that the Welsh Government is making available an additional £84.6m of funding to maintain and develop these enhanced levels of service for the rest of the financial year, while reduced demand and capacities significantly affect ticket revenues. This will bring Welsh Government’s total support for bus services this year to £140m.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said, “We want bus services to be meeting the needs of passengers, even in these challenging times. Our continued funding demonstrates our commitment to getting as many services as possible running in a safe way.

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National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week takes place between 21 and 27 September 2020, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all.

As with the majority of health services, accessing routine eye testing during the COVID-19 lockdown proved impossible. Since then, opticians throughout the country have been putting new protocols into action so that you can receive quality eye care and source the correct prescription glasses.

Whatever your age, good eyesight is vital when using the road. Drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.

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The Car Theory Test Update

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will introduce changes to the car theory test on Monday 28 September 2020.

The updates, which will make the test more realistic and improve the accessibility for all candidates, were postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Within the multiple choice section of the current theory test, video clip scenarios will replace the written case study and candidates will be asked 3 questions based on the short video.

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Project EDWARD

Gwent Police is joining forces from across the UK in participating in an operation to reduce the number of fatalities on roads across Europe.

‘Project EDWARD’ – which stands for ‘Every Day Without A Road Death’ is a European Roads Policing Network (Roadpol) operation. It is aimed at reducing road deaths, this year’s theme is around driving for work and the operation runs from Monday 14 September to Sunday 20 September.

In line with the theme for 2020, Gwent Police officers will be engaging with communities and highlighting road risk, particularly as more vehicles return to routes.

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Help Merthyr Tydfil CBC to Make Streets Safer

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is seeking the views of residents who walk and cycle in and around the town centre.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen exceptional numbers of local residents out walking and cycling - either for leisure or to travel to shops and jobs.

The Welsh Government has developed a COVID-19 Sustainable Transport Fund to help councils ensure that effective social distancing measures are in place, especially in town centres. As a result, the Council has received £414,000 to investigate opportunities to enhance the pedestrian and cycling environment in the town centre and adjacent areas.

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Dutch Reach - A Change of Habit to Protect Vulnerable Road Users

Dutch Reach is a simple yet effective technique to prevent 'dooring' - a dreaded and all too common crash, caused when people exiting a vehicle suddenly open a door into the path of a cyclist, or other vulnerable road user.

As active travel increases, safer interaction between cars and bicycles is reliant on co-operation and a greater awareness from drivers regarding the presence of less protected road users.

Partners in Road Safety Wales are promoting the Dutch Reach, asking drivers and passengers to get into the habit of reaching across to the vehicle’s door with their far hand to open it.

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Appointment of Active Travel Board Chair

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, has appointed Dr Dafydd Trystan Davies as the Chair of the Active Travel Board. The appointment will be for 2 years.

The Active Travel Board was set up in 2014 to advise Welsh Government on the implementation of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 and active travel policy more widely and to co-ordinate action among partner organisations.

Dr Dafydd Trystan Davies has previously served as an advisory board member of Sustrans in Wales and a director of Cycle Training Wales. In his capacity as chair of governors of Ysgol Hamadryad in Cardiff, he has been involved in the development of one of the most radical school travel plans in the country.

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‘School Streets' Promote Social Distancing and Active Travel

‘School Streets' road closures to promote social distancing and encourage active travel when pupils return to school. Cardiff Council is planning to implement School Street road closures to help pupils and families maintain social distancing when schools return for the Autumn term. 

In June, temporary road closures were introduced to create School Streets at 24 schools across the city when they reopened for the last few weeks of the summer term.

The streets selected for closures regularly experience problems with traffic and parking during school drop off and pick up times. Closing them to general traffic supported children and families to socially distance when arriving and leaving school.

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