Building a Safer Path: Consultations Launched for Improved Travel Route in Tonna

…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media. Consultations Launched for Safe and Active Travel Route in Tonna

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Neath Port Talbot Council has initiated consultations for the development of a safe and active travel route between Tonna village and Tonna Hospital.

This article discusses the purpose of the scheme, its potential benefits, and the current state of the pedestrian route.

Improving Connectivity and Safety:

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The proposed scheme aims to enhance the pedestrian route between Tonna village and Tonna Hospital, providing improved connectivity not only between the two locations but also linking a residential area to local shops.

An audit conducted previously revealed critical deficiencies in suitable crossing points for pedestrians, highlighting the need for improvements.

Meeting Active Travel Standards:

The scheme intends to bring the route up to the standards outlined in the Active Travel Act Guidance (ATAG).

By addressing the existing issues and aligning with ATAG, the proposal seeks to create a safer and more accessible route for pedestrians.

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Key Elements of the Proposal:

The plan includes widening the existing footway and implementing improvements to junction crossing facilities, prioritizing pedestrians through raised crossings.

Additionally, a new raised roundabout would enhance the crossing at the Dulais Fach Road roundabout.

Relocating the bus stop and reducing the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph are also under consideration.

A transition zone would be established between the 20mph and 60mph sections of the route.

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Mixed Response and Public Consultation:

Cllr Leanne Jones of Resloven and Tonna reported a varied response to the proposed plans, with opinions ranging from positive to negative.

In light of this, residents have been encouraged to participate in the ongoing consultations, providing an opportunity for their voices and opinions to be heard.

The consultation period will remain open until June 30, and active participation from all residents is strongly encouraged.

Conclusion:

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The consultations launched by Neath Port Talbot Council demonstrate their commitment to improving pedestrian infrastructure and promoting safe and active travel in the Tonna area.

By addressing the critical deficiencies in crossing points and aligning with established standards, the proposed scheme has the potential to greatly enhance connectivity and safety for pedestrians.

The mixed response from residents underscores the importance of engaging the community in decision-making processes.

The ongoing consultations provide an inclusive platform for residents to express their views and shape the future of the travel route.

Neath Port Talbot Council’s efforts to actively involve the public in this development are commendable and will contribute to creating a route that meets the needs and preferences of the local community.

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