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Man dies after car collides with wall in Pontardawe

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South Wales Police are appealing for information after an 87-year old man died in a single vehicle collision in Pontardawe.

The accident occurred around 2.30pm on Monday (11 October) when a silver Vauxhall Astra collided with a wall on Hopkin Street in the town.

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The road was closed for some time while Police carried out an investigation into the collision.

South Wales Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has dashcam footage to contact them online, by emailing SWP101@south-wales.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting reference 357217.

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18 year-old woman dies and another in hospital after late night Swansea Valley crash

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road traffic accident on the A4067 travelling from Swansea to Godre’r Graig

South Wales Police are reporting that a white Citroen C1 left the road shortly before 1.30am on Sunday 23 January.

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An 18 year-old woman was tragically declared to have died at the scene. A second 18 year-old woman was taken to University Hospital Wales with non-life-threatening injuries.

No other vehicle is thought to have been involved in the accident.

The A4067 was closed between the Pontardawe Tesco store and the B4603 Ynysmeudwy Road for a number of hours while police carried out investigations.

A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: “We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed or has dash-cam footage of the incident or the manner in which the white Citroen C1 was being driven prior to the collision to contact us.”

Police can be contacted online, by calling 101 or by emailing SWP101@south-wales.police.uk quoting occurrence number 2200024693.

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Free festive period car parking agreed for Neath, Port Talbot and Pontardawe town centres

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Free Christmas parking has been approved for Neath, Port Talbot and Pontardawe town centres from Saturday, December 11th 2021 to Saturday, January 1st, 2022.

Members of Neath Port Talbot Council’s Streetscene and Engineering Cabinet Board took the decision motorists will not have to pay for parking at Pay and Display car parks in the town centre locations during the dates to help local residents and to give a boost to local businesses.

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An officers’ report to the Cabinet Board, which met on November 5th, said: “It’s acknowledged our town centres and the traders who operate in them have been significantly affected during periods of lockdown with many being prevented from opening. 

“To support our town centre economy it is acknowledged that providing free Christmas car parking will further support our local economy’s recovery.”

Signs will be placed at the relevant Pay and Display car parks (The Gnoll Estate Country Park, Aberavon Seafront and Afan Forest Park car parks are not included) informing drivers of the free offer over the Christmas and New Year period.

The Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr Ted Latham, said: “Pontardawe, Port Talbot and Neath all offer a diverse range of shops, attractions and places to eat or drink, and I hope free parking this Christmas will encourage shoppers to buy locally and also tempt visitors to see for themselves what the county borough has to offer.”

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Historic canal route set to welcome more cyclists and walkers

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An historic canal route in Swansea, already popular with walkers and cyclists, is set to be upgraded.

Swansea Council has secured funding to upgrade a 1.4km section of towpath along Swansea Canal.

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The route between Clydach and Pontardawe is already part of the national cycle network (NCN 43) and sees many people using it to walk and travel by bicycle. Overgrown vegetation and an ageing surface under foot has prompted the council to seek further funding to make it more user-friendly.

A £250,000 investment via the Welsh Government Active Travel programme has now been secured and will result in a major upgrade to the route.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said: “Our aim will be to widen the existing path along the canal and provide an improved surface for walkers and cyclists.

“We will be working with the Canal and River Trust to make this route a safer and an even more popular walking and cycling route. We also want to continue the improvements already completed by the neighbouring local authority along their section, link up with it and maximise the regional benefits.”

The latest funding features as part of a report to the Council’s Cabinet, recommending approval of the scheme along with further investment in walking and cycling infrastructure, totalling £696,000.

Part of the funding (£245,000) will also help create a new 1.4 km link between the communities of Clydach and Craig Cefn Parc.

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Additional investment will be spent on the introduction of locally produced artwork along existing sections of the city’s network.

Cllr Thomas, added: “We’re extremely grateful for the support from the Welsh Government in enabling us to expand and improve our current walking and cycling infrastructure.

“We want more people to consider the options of walking and cycling to travel around Swansea and to use a car less often. Making sure we have good quality routes which link up communities and give people confidence to travel safely is key to achieving this.”

Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Climate Change, with a responsibility for Transport, Lee Waters said: “We know that getting people out of cars for short journeys to cycle or walk is an ambitious agenda, but if we’re to meet our net zero carbon emission target by 2050 we need to take action now.

“Having the right infrastructure in place is key to encouraging more people to feel safe to walk and cycle and that’s why we’ve committed to investing significant funding in active travel this year.”

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