ROAD safety and cycling and walking routes in Penarth will benefit from a £700,000 grant given to the Vale council.

The Welsh Government has awarded £710,000 to the Vale council to improve active travel links and road safety measures, including several in the Penarth area.

The schemes to benefit in Penarth, Dinas Powys and Sully include £100,000 for a potential walking and cycling link around Penarth Headland to Cardiff Bay Barrage, £20,000 for the study into Dinas Powys transport improvements, £252,000 for various road safety schemes on South Road in Sully, £250,000 for upgrading the Penarth to Cosmeston path and £92,000 for traffic calming measures from Mill Road to Pen-y-Turnpike Road in Dinas Powys.

Fifty-four Active Travel and road safety schemes across Wales will receive a share of more than £8 million.

The schemes will accelerate delivery of a range of active travel improvements linked to Welsh Government transport priorities in and support of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013.

Cabinet secretary for economy and transport Ken Skates said: “I’m delighted £710,000 of Welsh Government funding is being invested in these important transport schemes in the Vale of Glamorgan.

"We face major challenges in securing our nation’s physical and mental well-being, both now and for our future generations.

"Increasing opportunities to safely walk and cycle is a key commitment for the Welsh Government and these schemes offer a very straightforward way of achieving multiple benefits.

"They present a great opportunity to build physical activity into our everyday lives and bring with them associated health improvements, a reduction in motorised traffic and decreases in air pollution, carbon emissions and congestion.

"These projects will also help people and communities feel safer and more connected."