How Neath Port Talbot is helping develop a future-ready transport model
11 September 2019
Transport for Wales (TfW) has started work in Neath Port Talbot on a new ‘regional transport model’ which will help in future decision making on major new developments.
Some of the work will involve the installation of roadside monitors to build up a picture of existing traffic flows which will be fed into an all-Wales transport model.
The model will be used to understand current travel patterns and performance of local transport systems and it will also monitor changes in traffic and predict future travel patterns.
The idea is to better inform the Welsh Government and local authorities in Wales about the impacts of land use changes such as major new housing developments and big employment projects.
It will also provide evidence for decisions on issues such as highway infrastructure changes, rail improvements and active travel measures.
The traffic model for Wales has been split into three areas with the South East Wales model now complete and work currently being done on the South West & Mid Wales and North Wales regions.
Councillor Ted Latham, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering said: “The collection of data for traffic flow will be taken in Neath Port Talbot over the next few months to enable the development of the transport model. The transport model will give us a valuable insight into how regeneration and development could impact on our trains, buses, cars and other forms of transport.”