£5m to improve walking and cycling routes across Wales

Highways Reporters

Welsh Transport Minister Edwina Hart has announced £5 million funding to create safe walking and cycling routes for schools and communities across Wales.

At a visit to Maesteg Comprehensive School, which has benefited from £350,000 Welsh Government funding for walking and cycling routes, Hart said 30 new projects would be fully or partly funded in the 2014/15 financial year.

Local authorities will receive money through the Safe Routes in Communities programme for crossings, traffic calming measures, cycle paths, footpaths, secure cycle facilities and lighting.

The Minister said: “I am pleased to announce funding for these 30 new projects which will ensure more people will be able to walk or cycle safely to schools and other parts of their communities. As well as improving safety the Safe Routes in Communities programme encourages physical activity and reduces reliance on the car. It is encouraging to see the positive impact the Safe Routes to School funding has had for pupils and the wider community here in Maesteg.”

Anne Carhart the headteacher of Maesteg Comprehensive School said: “The Safe Routes in Communities funding has provided safe and scenic routes to school and a healthier option for pupils and the wider community to use. The routes are fantastic and many pupils and staff are now walking or cycling to school.”

Councillor Phil White, cabinet member for communities at Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “We have already carried out a great deal of work on establishing secure, hazard-free routes throughout the area, so it’s great to hear that the Welsh government is providing further Safe Routes in Communities funding. As well as cutting back on traffic congestion, the programme is benefiting residents of all ages by establishing safe walking and cycling routes which in turn are supporting our efforts to encourage people to become more active and live healthier lifestyles.”

Maesteg Comprehensive received funding in 2010/11 towards a new walking and cycling route to Nantyffyllon/Cwrt y Mwnws, a new footpath and crossing to Crown Road and improvement of the footpath to South Parade. In 2011/12 they got money towards a new walking and cycling road between Cwmdu Road and the school.

The local authority projects to receive funding for 2014/15 are listed below:


  • Cardiff receives £294,000 to provide new pedestrian crossings and improve footways in Caerau and Ely and £111,080 for improved walkways and crossings in Grangetown.

  • Carmarthenshire get £594,000 for traffic calming measures and improved footways in 15 locations around Llwynhendy, Pemberton and Llanelli.

  • Swansea receives £555,000 for the introduction of 20mph zones and associated traffic calming works, footpath improvements and cycling facilities for three primary schools in Townhill/Mayhill.

  • Torfaen receives £313,300 for projects to improve walking and cycling routes in six different areas of Pontypool.

  • Denbighshire is awarded £356,000 for a series of traffic calming measures and provision of walking and cycling routes in West Rhyl.

  • Bridgend local authority get  £215,490 for improving cycle and walking routes  for Cornelly Primary School and linking them into the community access route in Marlas Estate. They also receive £57,333 for a scheme to improve walking and cycling facilities at Cynffig Comprehensive School.

  • Pembrokeshire receives £136,000 for a scheme to improve walking and cycling facilities at Pennar Primary School. A scheme to improve cycling and walking facilities and traffic calming at Pembroke Secondary School, gets a contribution of £60,000.

  • Blaenau Gwent has been awarded £106,755 to provide a footpath linking Nantyglo to Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Helyg and the industrial estate.

  • Merthyr Tydfil receives £308,000 to create safe walking and cycling route, with four crossings, from Newland Park Penydarren to Cyfarthfa High School.

  • Neath Port Talbot gets £250,000 towards a scheme for new footpaths, lighting and improvements to existing cycle and footpaths at Dyffryn Comprhensive School. They also receive £202,400 for improved footways and crossings to Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive and Waunceriech Primary School.

  • Powys has been awarded £50,000 to create a new footpath, linking with an existing footpath to Maesyrhandir / Cedwain Schools.

  • Caerphilly receives £40,000 towards a 20mph scheme and improved cycling facilities at Penllwyn Primary School, Pontllanffraith.

  • Gwynedd get £67,776 for traffic calming and new footpath in Nefyn and £58,659 for road safety and footpath improvements at Ysgol y Gorlan, Tremadog.

  • Vale of Glamorgan is awarded £284,288 towards a project to extend the 20mph zone and existing footpath outside Barry Comprehensive School. They also receive £50,810 to improve the crossing at Jenner Park and £109,501 to upgrade the crossing and introduce a 20mph zone at Ysgol Sant Curig.

  • Isle of Anglesey gets £125,850 towards a scheme for five new footways and various tactile paving in the communities of Lladegfan and Llansadwrn. They also get £59,221 towards the provision of footways and traffic calming measures at Valley.

  • Rhondda Cynon Taf receives £267,000 for traffic calming measures and improved footpaths around three schools in Rhydyfelin. They also get £20,000 towards a project to create new pedestrian crossings and cycle shelters at the school and swimming pool in Maerdy.

  • Monmouthshire is awarded £25,000 for a new zebra crossing and footway near Llantilio Pertholey Junior School.

  • Ceredigion receives £85,000 for the provision of footpaths and traffic calming measures in Commins Coch.

  • Flintshire gets £83,000 to improve walking and cycling routes to Northop Hall Primary School and £66,000 for a puffin crossing, cycle racks and new path on Hawarden Road, Hope.

Highways jobs

Part Time Community Rail Partnership Officer

Essex County Council
£24000 - £26275 per annum + Plus Excellent Benefits Package
Please note that this position is being offer on a part time basis, covering 23 hours per week. Working Pattern TBC. England, Essex, Rochford
Recruiter: Essex County Council

Development Management Engineer

North Yorkshire County Council
£24,313 to £34,788
To be successful you must... Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Highways Inspector

Hackney London Borough Council
£28,752 - £32,577
We are seeking an experienced Highways Inspector to join the Highways Team. Hackney, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Hackney London Borough Council

Environmental Health Officer and Grad EHO – Private Sector Housing with benefits* x 2

Camden London Borough Council
£33,122 - £42,490
We have an exciting opportunity for two organised and enthusiastic Environment Health Officers  or a qualified graduate working towards their... Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Ugobus Driver x 7 positions

Essex County Council
Up to £18938.0 per annum
Please note that this is a 6 month fixed term contract on a part time basis. Working hours will be discussed at interview. The salary is up to £18,938 England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recruiter: Essex County Council

Highways Engineer

Rutland County Council
£29,636 - £31,371 per annum
Do you enjoy getting outdoors in the course of your work? Rutland
Recruiter: Rutland County Council

Senior Highways Manager

Rutland County Council
£47,544 to £51,138
This is the lead role for our Highways service with a remit to... Rutland
Recruiter: Rutland County Council

Road Safety Assistant (Cycling)

London Borough of Bexley
£13,947.32 - £14,713.97, per annum
You will be an enthusiastic individual who can effectively communicate with children and adults. Bexleyheath, London (Greater)
Recruiter: London Borough of Bexley

Key Route Network Manager

Liverpool City Region
£63,753 - £71,747
An exciting new opportunity has arisen within the Integrated Transport Directorate of the LCR Combined Authority Liverpool, Merseyside
Recruiter: Liverpool City Region

Medium/Heavy Vehicle Mechanic - January 2020

North West Leicestershire District Council
You could earn up to £28,785 + 0.75 hours per week plain time overtime
Tasks will include preparation for DVSA annual examination, servicing, general and defect generated repairs, fault finding including diagnostic tests. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recruiter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Senior Engineer (Co-ordinator) - 2 jobs

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£22,462 - £29,636 + £2000 Market Rate Supplement
The role is in the Highway Network Management & Co-ordination (HNMC) Team, which is part of Operational Services. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Surface Water Engineer

Essex County Council
£30001.0 - £35350 per annum
At Essex County Council, we're passionate about helping deliver economic growth, the best starts in life and the chance to age well for people in the England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recruiter: Essex County Council

Highways Operations Manager

Swindon Borough Council
Salary up to £41,494 p.a.
In this key role, you will plan, organise, co-ordinate and control the workforce Swindon, Wiltshire
Recruiter: Swindon Borough Council

Director Neighbourhood & Enforcement

Telford & Wrekin Council
Cicra 89k
Telford and Wrekin is a great place to live, work, visit and do business. Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Senior Engineer (Highways Maintenance Design)

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£22,462 - £29,636
Are you looking for an opportunity to work as a Senior Engineer, whilst still being able to develop your career and have a good work-life balance? Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Highways Projects Engineer

Cambridgeshire County Council
£33,153 - £35,755
Looking for strong team players interested in working with a variety of professional and community partners across Cambridgeshire and... Cambridgeshire
Recruiter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Senior Heating Engineer

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
Up to £48,692 per annum
Looking for a Senior Heating Engineer who will work as part of one of the small professional teams. London (Greater)
Recruiter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Lead Practitioner (Infrastructure)

Newark & Sherwood District Council
£33,799 to £35,934 per annum
Newark and Sherwood is looking to recruit to its newly created post of Lead Practitioner for Infrastructure. Newark, Nottinghamshire
Recruiter: Newark & Sherwood District Council

Senior Parking Manager

Brent Council
£55,638 - £58,779 p.a. inc.
As Senior Parking Manager, you will be responsible for the effective management of the Council’s Parking Services contract Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recruiter: Brent Council

School Crossing Patrol

Brent Council
£21,591 - £22,377 p.a. inc. pro rata. (£11.50 per hour)
A school crossing patrol officer is responsible for assisting children to cross the road safely on their way to and from school. Brent, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Brent Council

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

Valuing our roads: What is a network worth?

Also inside:

Traffex review 

Diary of a flood.

Beautiful roads

Live Labs exclusive briefing 

View the latest issue

Latest Video