St Dogmaels Chosen to Trial New 20mph Speed Limit

St Dogmaels has been chosen as one of eight pilot settlements from across Wales to trial a 20mph speed limit throughout the whole village.

The trial is part of Welsh Government plans to reduce the national speed limit on restricted roads of 30mph to 20mph by April 2023.

Cllr Phil Baker, Pembrokeshire’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Infrastructure, said the pilot project was a unique opportunity for St Dogmaels to represent small rural communities, of which Pembrokeshire has many.

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20mph Speed Limit To Become A Reality On Welsh Roads

Plans for a default 20mph speed limit on Welsh roads have moved a step closer as eight pilot areas to trial the change have been confirmed.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said the move will reduce accidents and save lives.

The pilot areas will have a phased start from this summer until the end of the year. They come ahead of the planned national rollout for April 2023, and will help develop enforcement arrangements and overcome unforeseen issues before the full rollout.

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Anglesey's Active Travel Network Map Consultation

The consultation for the Isle of Anglesey’s Active Travel Network Map is now open, to help identify barriers and improvements to Active Travel walking and cycling routes.

Isle of Anglesey County Council is consulting on the Active Travel Network Map as part of its duties under the Active Travel Act 2013 (Wales).

The purpose of this phase of the consultation is to seek suggestions from the public to identify barriers and improvements to the cycling and walking network to access employment, education and key services which will increase the modal shift to more sustainable travel.

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Behind The Scenes With North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit

The North Wales Police region covers an exceptionally wide area - nearly a third of Wales’ land, and the problems that arise are very diverse from area to area - from the cities in the East to the countryside of the West.

With in-car, custody and body cameras, a TV crew followed the Roads Policing Unit in their incredible day-to-day work.

Sgt Raymond Williams has been with the unit for 10 years and for him, making a difference is what motivates him in his job. He said, "If I get so much personal satisfaction from being able to make a difference to someone in the darkest time of their lives, that's worth a lot more than money in the bank."

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Road Safety Improvements Throughout Cilfynydd

Work is due to begin to deliver a Safe Routes in Communities scheme for Cilfynydd - to relocate a pedestrian crossing, improve footways at several locations and introduce a 20mph speed limit through the village.

Work to deliver the scheme, which is wholly funded by the Welsh Government via a Safe Routes in Communities grant, will begin today, Monday February 15th and will last up to eight weeks. It follows Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s consultation with residents, which ran from December to January. Further information, including detailed plans of the proposals, remains available to view on the Council’s website.

The scheme comprises of three main elements, which include:

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Brake Before the Bend

Wales by Bike is highlighting how country roads can give the exhilaration some motorcyclists crave, even when commuting to work during lockdown, but pointing out that these roads often have sharp or blind bends that can hide countless potential hazards.

Bushes, trees and buildings can block the rider's view and obscure oncoming hazards, and there is also the potential of being faced with animals in the road when entering or exiting a bend.

Consider this: you may have used the same route a thousand times, you know how sharp the next corner is, you even know the location of a pothole that you've noticed getting bigger over the past few weeks. But, unfortunately you’ll never ever know 100% what’s around the next corner until you get there.

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Results of Christmas Anti-Drink/Drug Drive Campaign Revealed

Despite coronavirus restrictions and a national lockdown in December, Welsh police forces breathalysed almost 5,000 motorists.

Of the 4,906 breath tests administered, 181 (3.7%) motorists failed, or failed to provide a specimen, and will lose their licences.

Officers also carried out 469 DrugWipe tests, with 274 (58.4%) failing, leading to 377 arrests.

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Big Funding Boost For Healthy Travel

The Welsh Government has unveiled a £55 million funding package for councils to encourage people to take up healthier travel for short local journeys. The record funding boost represents an eleven-fold increase in the dedicated budget for investment in Active Travel in the last five years.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said, “We want to make it easier for people to make everyday journeys in ways that benefit their health and the environment.”

The 2021 to 2022 budget has allocated more than £55 million to be spent on active travel, an increase of £20 million from last year - up from £5 million in 2016 at the start of this Welsh Government term.

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129 Arrests Made Across North Wales During The Christmas Anti Drink And Drug Drive Campaign

The month-long campaign, which took place throughout December, ran in conjunction with a UK-wide operation led by the National Police Chief’s Council. In north Wales a total of 129 motorists were arrested, with 47 people failing breath tests and 82 people providing positive drugs tests.

Chief Inspector Jon Aspinall of the Force’s Operational Support Services said, “Despite fewer people being caught drink or drug driving over the 2020 Christmas period, we must acknowledge that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be a significant factor.

“With more people working from home, roads being quieter and no big party nights, less people were taking unnecessary risks.

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Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service: Winter Driving

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is calling on all residents to take extra care when driving this winter, with 138 Road Traffic Collisions having already been recorded across the Service area.

Road Safety Manager, Station Manager Spencer Lewis, said, “With the numbers of RTC recorded this winter so far, it's imperative that we take more care on the roads to help reduce this number. Driving during poor wintry conditions requires a different approach and by making some simple changes to driving habits, drivers can reduce their chances of being involved in a collision. 

He added, “At this time of year, driving conditions can be treacherous. I urge motorists to be prepared to drive with care and adjust their driving to suit the conditions.”

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