Transport

Support 20mph zones in Cardiff

Map showing the boundaries of the Cardiff 20mph pilot scheme

Cardiff Council is consulting on introducing a 20mph speed limit in part of Cathays and Plasnewydd. They hope this will improve road safety, make it easier for people to walk and cycle, increase sociability and generally make Cardiff a nicer place to live.

The proposed 20mph zone will only have speed limit signs, there won’t be any road humps or other traffic calming measures installed.

NHS staff ditch their cars

Cyclist riding on segregated cycle path

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

A three-year project by Sustrans at Welsh hospitals has cut car use as staff cycle, walk or car-share instead. At some hospitals single-occupancy car use has fallen by 15 percent.

Regular exercise such as cycling and walking improves the health of staff and reduces absenteeism and sickness rates. It also improves the hospital environment for staff, patients and visitors.

Bute Park winter opening extended

 cyclist and walkers on the Millenium Bridge, Bute Park

Cyclists and walkers using Bute Park. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Cardiff Council have announced that they will keep Bute Park open until 7pm during October, November and December to allow commuters to walk and cycle through the park.

Cardiff to Swansea rail electrification

Local train and intercity train at Cardiff Central Station 

Trains at Cardiff Central Station. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

In September 2011 the coalition government confirmed it would only electrify the Great Western main line between Cardiff and London by about 2017. They said that the business case did not support electrification to Swansea.

No to longer lorries

A lorry with a long trailer turning at junction and stopping traffic.

A mega truck in Stuttgart. Photo: Allianz pro Schiene/Kraufman

The UK Government has announced that it's considering allowing the length of lorries to increase by almost seven feet (2.05 metres).

This change would lead to more accidents, more Carbon emissions and more congestion.

Cardiff speeders escape prosecution

 Speed camera with traffic passing it

Speed camera on North Road, Cardiff. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth.

A Freedom of Information request by the South Wales Echo to South Wales Police revealed that in 2009, the most recent year available, 5,777 drivers were caught speeding by the Cardiff’s 21 fixed speed cameras.

More money for sustainable transport

Traffic jam on Newport Road, Cardiff

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Cardiff Friends of the Earth welcome the announcement by the Welsh Assembly Government this week that they are giving £6m more to develop sustainable transport across the Wales over the next year.

The benefits of Welsh rail electrification

 Blue GNER passenger train

High-speed electric train leaving Newcastle train Station. Photo: Ian Britton, FreeFhoto.com

Electric trains are faster because:

Transport plan for Cardiff

Traffic on Station Terrace

Traffic in Cardiff. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Cardiff Friends of the Earth believe that Cardiff Civic Society's proposals for an integrated transport system in Cardiff is, like the curate's egg, good in parts.

Walking

Traffic congestion on Newport Road

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Walking

Walking is cheap, healthy and non-polluting. It joins other form of transport together.

In 2004 12 percent of journeys to work in Cardiff were made by walking. In Wales:

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