The decision to remove the hard shoulder on 10 miles of the M6 and turn it into an extra lane reveals the government’s “reckless disregard” for the public’s safety, according to a road safety campaigner. Claire Mercer, whose husband was struck and killed by an HGV on a smart motorway, warned that there was a danger to life in Highways England’s plans to introduce ‘all lanes running’ on one of the busiest stretches of motorway in the country. Work to […]
Operators face queues of 7,000 trucks in Kent and a two-day wait to reach border, leaked post-Brexit report warns
A leaked government document warns that lack of haulier preparations for Brexit could create major delays on routes to the UK’s channel ports with HGV drivers waiting two days to reach the front of queues of up to 7,000 trucks – whether there is a trade deal with the EU or not.
London’s 109-mile Olympic Route Network (ORN) will commence operation on 25 July, two days ahead of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. The ORN will ensure athletes, officials and dignitaries make it to events on time, and features 30 miles of exclusive Games Lanes to facilitate this. London transport commissioner Peter Hendy, who believes the Olympics are a huge opportunity for road transport, says: “The ORN, which is part of the host city contract for the Games, will be […]
Local councils should find it easier to minimise the disruption caused by road works, following a DfT decision to allow them to create permit schemes without having to get central government approval. The change, announced by transport minister Norman Baker on 23 January, may take effect as early as 2015 and will mean councils can introduce such schemes – which limit the time utility companies can take over road works and apply fines if they overrun – more easily. Permit […]