Motorists faced extensive delays this morning following a fatal collision. It comes amid calls for changes how the Severn Crossing is run.
Figures show three-quarters of school journeys in the Cardiff area are less than two miles – and almost three in 10 are under a mile.
A £25 million investment has been announced to improve the Conwy Tunnel's resilience and safety measures.
Travel time between junctions 26 and 30 on the eastbound side of the M4 is currently one-and-a-half hours. A multi-vehicle collision at the Brynglas Tunnels is the cause of the disruption. One lane is closed and a recovery operation is underway. There are 10-mile tailbacks.
The government is reportedly planning to agree to a new toll road on the M4 in South Wales, but this is part of a multibillion-pound scheme of road upgrades in the UK.
According to the Times, the other upgrades include:
- A1 between Newcastle and Berwick-Upon-Tweed to be converted to a dual carriageway
- Widening of the A47 in Norfolk
- A303 to be turned into a continuous dual-carriageway
The Snowdon Mountain Railway is one of the many businesses up and down the country that is fighting back after the last weeks heavy snow. It has been forced to close part of its route until at least next week.
Workers at the Snowdon Mountain Railway are continuing to try and clear the track of snow. Services have been unable to reach the top Snowdon with snow remaining up to thirty feet deep in places.
They had hoped to reopen the line ahead of what would normally be a busy Easter weekend, but now say they hope services will resume sometime afterwards.
Wrexham FC have appealed to fans on twitter to help clear the pitch of snow. In the post on their official account they called for supporters to help clear the Racecourse ground on Friday and Sunday ahead of their game with Macclesfield Town on Monday.
The club says that "work has been ongoing to clear the white stuff out of the side stands to make them safe for supporters, but the playing surface will be our main task, as it needs to be done manually."
They have asked for people to arrive after 8am on Friday and asked "to bring along at least a spade with you – while any additional wheelbarrows will also come in very handy."
North Wales Police are warning people ahead of the Easter weekend to ensure they 'take sensible precautions' and not to go on off-road trails 'in search of thrills.'
They say they are concerned that people travelling to the area for the break should be prepared for the weather conditions.
Chief Inspector David Roome from the North Wales Police says “We don’t expect conditions to improve for several days so we want to advise people to plan their route properly, allow plenty of time for journeys and to make sure they are well equipped.”
Most of the main routes are now clear, but minor roads including the Horseshoe Pass and the A543 over the Denbigh Moors remain closed.
Denbighshire County Council says work to clear the snow continues and progress is now being made on the smaller roads. But many are blocked from hedge to hedge.
The council says the operation will continue into the Easter weekend.
The big Easter getaway will start today as thousands of people leave Wales for the bank holiday weekend.
Travel operators are reporting a last minute surge in bookings as people try to escape the freezing conditions that have swept across Wales this month.
From today until Tuesday, a total of 600,000 people will leave from Heathrow airport, 214,000 from Gatwick, 110,000 from Manchester, 110,000 from Stansted and 55,000 from Luton.
Those travelling by rail over Easter will have to contend with a number of engineering works, including major work at Reading in Berkshire and also work on the West Coast main line in the West Midlands.
The busiest periods for travelling by road is expected this afternoon and tomorrow morning. The AA has predicted that 17 million cars will take to the roads in the UK over the holiday period/
Good news for ferry passengers travelling to France, a scheduled strike by French port control officers which could have meant major delays for people travelling has been called off.
North Wales Police in Anglesey are increasing their road patrols this weekend as part of a campaign to reduce the number of collisions in the area.
It comes after two local men died in a road accident last weekend.
As part of assisting the community come to terms with the collision and reassure the public that North Wales Police and our partners will do all it can to reduce serious and fatal road traffic collisions we will continue with our preventative campaigns on the A5025 and the Island as a whole. Extra High Visibility patrols will endeavour to reassure, educate and where necessary prosecute any driving offences identified.
– Acting Chief Inspector Simon Barrasford, North Wales Police
Additionally our Officers will be visiting local colleges and comprehensive schools to continue to educate young drivers about the dangers of the Fatal 5 motoring offences which can often lead to the most tragic outcome. The Fatal 5 are not wearing a seatbelt, driving dangerously and taking risks, drink and drug driving, speeding or using a mobile phone whilst driving. We want people to think about their driving and understand the devastating impact their actions can have.
The AA has issued a checklist to help motorists ensure their car is safe before driving in the snow.
- *Antifreeze *- check the antifreeze level before you set off
- *Fuel *- check your fuel level and make sur you have enough for any unexpected delays
- Tyres - should have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring