NPAS aircraft joins Op Darwen patrols

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads of North Wales officers from the Roads Crime Unit held a special operation over the weekend using the NPAS (National Police Air Service) fixed wing aircraft.

Officers in marked and unmarked cars targeted the A494, A5 and A487 in the Gwynedd South area on Sunday, 9 June, roads which feature in KSI (killed or seriously injured) statistics in the area.

Temporary Sergeant Leigh McCann of the Roads Crime Unit said: “The aircraft was useful in locating and directing officers on the ground to areas where motorcycles were seen being ridden in an anti-social manner.

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National Blood Donor Week

Monday 10 June marks the beginning of National Blood Donor Week.

National Blood Donor Week is a week where awareness is raised of the lifesaving importance of blood donation to encourage those who have never donated to give it a go.

These donations play a vital role in saving lives each day by supporting a range of treatments, from helping recovering accident victims and patients with blood cancers to supporting mothers and new-born babies during childbirth. The Welsh Blood Service supports 19 hospitals across the country and relies on donations from blood, platelet and bone marrow donors to support patients in need.

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Written Statement: Police Recorded Road Collisions

Ken Skates MS, Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport

New road collision data published today shows that casualties have reduced on roads since the introduction of the new 20mph speed limits in September last year.

The data, which provides the total number of casualties in police recorded collisions, shows that in the last quarter of 2023 (October – December) road casualties on 20mph and 30mph roads reduced by 218, from 681 in 2022 to 463 in 2023.

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Bank Holiday: Plans for a group ride with friends?

Planning a bank holiday ride out this weekend? Motorcycling alone is great but riding out with a group of friends can take it to a whole new level.

Learning to look out for every member of the group will help bikers enjoy it even more. For those new to group riding it’s easy to get pushed into riding beyond your ability or experience. To help avoid this, Wales By Bike recommends riding with people you trust; real friends will respect your skill level and will ride accordingly.

If you're an experienced rider and a new rider joins your group, be responsible and encourage the group to look after them. Novices welcome the support of fellow bikers in becoming more experienced in group riding, without being pushed too hard to keep up.

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20mph Review Team Final Report

Written Statement: 20mph Review Team Final Report
Ken States, MS, Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport

Today, I am pleased to publish the final report from the Welsh Government-appointed review team, which has evaluated the Exceptions Guidance for the default 20mph speed limit on restricted roads in Wales.

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The Great Bank Holiday Escape

Soon many of us will be heading off for a bank holiday or half term break. In the days before, it’s a good idea to check your vehicle to minimise the risk of a breakdown.

Road Safety Wales recommends using the P.O.W.D.E.R. check which consists of:

Petrol: have you got enough fuel or charge to comfortably complete your journey?
Oil: check the engine oil and brake fluid levels, making sure there are no leaks
Water: check that the coolant and windscreen washer reservoirs are at the correct level
Damage: look for damage, including the windscreen, and check the condition of your wiper blades
Electrics: are all the lights working? Are there any warning lights on the dashboard?
Rubber: check tyre pressures, tread depth and look for any damage, including the spare wheel.

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Extra funding for road improvements in Swansea

Roads in Swansea affected by cold and wet weather during the recent winter months are set to be improved. Swansea Council has approved an additional investment of £600,000 to tackle repairs on even more roads across the city.

The extra funding will be split equally between the council's current Small Resurfacing Scheme (SRS) and its main carriageway resurfacing programme.

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Give feedback on roads with a 20mph speed limit

The Welsh Government has published details of how to get in contact with your local authority to provide feedback about 20mph speed limits.

The Welsh Government has provided the following update:

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Hawthorn Safe Routes in Communities scheme to start on site

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has announced that work will soon get underway to improve local pedestrian facilities and the safe routes to school in Hawthorn - to complement the major investment in modern education facilities being delivered for the community later this year.

The Hawthorn Safe Routes in Communities scheme will begin from Monday, May 13, with the likelihood of some minor advanced works commencing the week before. The investment will be focused on Cardiff Road, School Lane and Ynyslyn Road – which are key routes for pupils and families walking and cycling to Hawthorn Primary School and Hawthorn High School each day.

From September 2024, the new 3-16 school Ysgol Afon Wen will open for the community on the current primary and secondary school site. The major, joint investment with the Welsh Government’s Sustainably Communities for Learning Programme will deliver a first-class new school building and external facilities.

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Vale of Glamorgan Council Secures Welsh Government Funding for Enhanced Road Safety and Active Travel Initiatives

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has secured funding from the Welsh Government for various transport initiatives, totalling £3,759,954.

The funding is dedicated to enhancing travel infrastructure and road safety, encompassing safer community routes and improved active travel.

The Active Travel funding is allocated exclusively for designated transport projects, secured through a competitive bidding process open to local authorities.

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