Driving home for Christmas

As we approach Christmas Day, many people will be travelling to see friends and family. For those making the journey by road, the thought of being caught up in queuing traffic for hours on end makes us question why we put ourselves through it every year!

In the days before, it’s a good idea to check your vehicle to minimise the risk of a breakdown. Consider the P.O.W.D.E.R. check which consists of:

Petrol: have you got enough fuel or charge to comfortably complete your journey?

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Priory Church in Wales Primary School to benefit from a safer route to school

Work to improve the footpath and accessibility to Priory Church in Wales Primary School is due to take place early in the New Year as part of a Welsh Government funded Safe Routes in Communities Active Travel project.

Identified on the Active Travel Network Maps (ATNM) by the community and school, the existing footpaths were described as poor or unsuitable for making journeys by foot, particularly for those travelling to and from the school. The project has been designed to address these issues and improve access to the school and will be the first step in developing a wider local active travel network throughout Brecon.

The scheme will improve active travel provision for pedestrians by upgrading the existing paths on Pendre Road and Pendre Close.

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Drone helps to tackle illegal off-roading

Funding has been given to a project to fund two police officers and state-of the-art technology to help tackle illegal off-roading.

The initiative between Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly councils and Gwent Police has been operating since the start of November resulting in the seizure of 10 illegal off-road vehicles to date.

The local authorities have invested £122,220 Shared Prosperity Funding to fund the officers’ posts, as well as a drone, Land Rover and quad bike to catch people who ride scramblers, quad bikes and motorbikes illegally on the mountainsides.

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Pedestrian crossing installation in Llanharan now complete

All work to install a new pedestrian crossing point in Llanharan has been completed, and has now established a safer place for residents to cross the busy main road in the centre of the community.

Following requests from Elected Members and the community to improve pedestrian safety in the area, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has developed a scheme to install a permanent signalised crossing at a location near the Llanharan Community Shop. The work has progressed well in recent weeks, after the replacement of the nearby railway footbridge was completed at A473 Bridgend Road.

Work to install the crossing and repair some highway drainage infrastructure was completed in November while carriageway resurfacing on the A473 between the bridge and the High Corner, and at the entrance into Chapel Road, was completed under a recent Sunday road closure (November 26).

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Crackdown on drink and drug drivers over the festive period

You should be under no illusion if you get behind the wheel whilst under the influence you not only risk your licence, get a fine or prison sentence, but you are risking lives too – that is the message being driven by North Wales Police as they launch the Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign, alongside Dyfed-Powys Police, Gwent Police and South Wales Police.

The national month-long operation against driving whilst under the influence began on Friday, 1st December and police forces across the country will be using intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the festive period.

North Wales Police will be using social media as well as a digital advertising campaign to drive home the message of the consequences surrounding drink or drug driving. This will include a digital ad van which will travel across areas of North Wales on key dates throughout December, and digital billboards in shopping centres in Bangor, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl and Wrexham which will also carry our messaging for the duration of the campaign. A poster campaign with licensees and secondary schools and colleges is also underway.

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Check watt you’re getting this Christmas

Many of us fondly remember the excitement we felt throughout December, desperately hoping we’d have a new bike when we came downstairs on Christmas morning and longing to show it off to our friends at the earliest opportunity.

Being overjoyed at having 5, 10 or what seemed like a ridiculous 15 gears - how times have changed! As technology has progressed rapidly, we now have the luxury of e-bikes to assist us when we’re pedalling; a welcome benefit when riding up a steep hill, of which we have many in Wales.

If you are looking to purchase an e-bike for Christmas, it’s important to check that what you are buying is safe and legal. With so many models available, and second-hand e-bikes offering big savings compared to new models, some people may be unaware that the item they have spent their hard-earned money on could be illegal to use on the road or in a public place.

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