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M4 speed cameras generate half a million pounds

M4 at Port Talbot Credit: ITV Wales

Speed cameras on the M4 in Port Talbot have generated more than £500,000 in fines within six months.

The two mile stretch of motorway is covered by average speed cameras and operators 'GoSafe' said there were around 50 offences every day, a "small proportion" of the 75,000 vehicles using the road.

Manager Chris Hulme insisted that the cameras are there to ensure road safety, not make money.

However campaign group Safe Speed argues cameras are not necessarily the best way to get motorists to slow down:

Speed cameras have never been proved to reduce speeds, the courses have no proof that they make drivers drive better, and it's taking money back with those grants, back to the people who are funding the speed cameras, so that they can produce more speed cameras."

– Claire Armstrong, Safe Speed

On Sunday, a police boss in North Wales argued that speed cameras should not be seen as revenue raisers.

UCATT union: 'Members won't stand idly by'

UCATT members employed by Tata Steel have voted overwhelmingly for strike action.

It's due to a running dispute over the company’s plans to close the British Steel Pension Scheme.

UCATT members voted 95.1% for strike action and by 94.9% for action short of strike action on an 80% turnout.

This result shows that members are not going to stand idly by and allow Tata to close their pension scheme.

It is now imperative for Tata to swiftly return to the negotiating table to resolve this dispute.

– Nick Blundell, Regional Secretary for UCATT Wales and South West Region

Tata steel workers vote for strike action

The Port Talbot plant employs almost 4,000 Credit: PA

Union workers at Tata steel have voted to take strike action over their pensions.

The company says it is 'disappointed' saying it is "proposing to continue providing employees with highly attractive and competitive pensions".

Tata steel says it remains hopeful that employees will avoid taking any action that damages its objective of building a successful and sustainable UK business capable of supporting a secure pension scheme.

Retirement age would change.


Tata awaits result of strike ballot

The Port Talbot plant employs almost 4,000. Credit: Anthony Devlin / PA

Steel giant Tata which employs thousands in Wales will hear today if it faces the threat of strikes by workers in a dispute over pensions.

Members of the Community, Ucatt and GMB unions have been voting on whether to launch a campaign of action in protest at plans to close the British Steel Pension Scheme to future accrual.

The proposed changes to the scheme could see workers retiring at 65 instead of 60.

The unions urged their members to vote in favour of strike action and for other forms of industrial action.

Ballot results are due today, while Unite members are still voting until next week.

Talks were held last week but failed to break the deadlocked row, with unions describing consultations as a "sham".

Credit: Roland Weihrauch/DPA/PA Images

Officials accused Tata of a "flagrant disregard" for the views of employees.

The company said almost 5,000 workers had attended more than 100 pension roadshows in 20 locations across the UK in recent weeks, while 2,000 letters and emails had been sent.

Employees had expressed a "clear understanding" of the challenges facing the pension scheme.

Tata said it would consider the feedback, but continued to believe that any pension options must address the scheme's deficit

Public meeting to be held on M4 junction closure

Residents and local businesses are due to attend a public meeting later to discuss continuing concerns over the trial closure of Junction 41, Port Talbot.

The junction has been closed during peak times in an attempt to improve traffic flow Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The meeting comes as the trial closure period draws to an end, but a decision as to whether it will re-open is yet to be made.

The westbound slip road has now been closed during peak times since August of last year in an effort to ease traffic problems.

Local businesses say they've seen a drop in trade, with the town centre regularly descending into traffic chaos.

The meeting will be held from 6pm at the Princess Royal Theatre.

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