Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport Lee Waters has announced grant funding of nearly £11 million to improve safe routes in communities and road safety in Wales.
The money will go to local authorities to promote the united and connected theme in the government’s economic plan Prosperity for All, by delivering modern and connected infrastructure along the healthy and active theme.
Safe Routes in Communities projects, such as Coity Higher Community safe Routes in Bridgend will receive a share of £5,028,595, for footway resurfacing and widening, a railway station pedestrian access and new crossing points among other improvements.
The road safety money will be split between capital and revenue spend. Projects such as a route safety treatment and additional road safety measures identified in conjunction with police on the A4080 Llanfairpwll to Aberffraw in Anglesey and 20mph zones in Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea will take their funding from £3,969,743 of capital funding.
Road safety revenue funding has been prioritised for schemes and training promoting active travel. Over 80% of the of £1,858,355 of road safety revenue funding is directed towards such initiatives, with over £650,000 being allocated for National Standards Cycle training and over £850,000 for a variety of pedestrian safety schemes encouraging walking as an active journey.
Speaking ahead of a visit to High Street Primary in Barry, where he could see the money being put to practical use as children learned to cycle safely, the Deputy Minister Lee Waters said:
“Projects such as cycle training are invaluable if we are to encourage the next generation to see active travel as the natural choice for local journeys.
The money awarded to capital projects will go to improve the infrastructure, which will make it possible for active travel to be safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike.”
High Street Primary’s Head Teacher Ceri-Ann Clark said:
“Cycle training in schools provides invaluable life skills to enable pupils to increase their independence on the roads safely.”