Monday, 30 June 2014

Top 10 Ways to Become a Better Driver . . .

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Top 10 Ways to Become a Better Driver



Every time you get behind the wheel, you're operating a very dangerous piece of machinery. Whether you're an experienced driver or you've just finished driver's ed class, there's always room for improvement when it comes to driving. Here are ten things you can do to hone your safe, smart driving skills.

10. Take a Defensive Driving Course


Not only can online driving courses save you money on your car insurance or take points off your driving record, they're actually pretty good refresher courses for anyone who's been driving for a while and the answers to those driver's license tests are just a hazy memory. Do you know how to eyeball how far ahead the vehicle in front of you should be based on your speed? Know the difference between a DUI and a DWI and how many drinks can impair you for each? Stuff like that is covered in these courses, usually around $35. 

9. Park with Precision


Parking is (usually) easy once you get the hang of it, but in tight spots or when you're new to driving backwards, it helps to know a few tricks. Here's an infographic on parallel, reverse, and forward parking; and step-by-step directions for parallel parking. If you'd like even more help when parking, consider these DIY sonic sensors for your car.


8. Keep Your Hands on the Wheel at the Proper Positions


For decades, driving instructors taught students to keep their hands on the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 positions on the clock. In the last few years, those guidelines have changed, so you're now supposed to keep your hands lower, at either 9 and 3 or 8 and 4. This gives you more control and stability when driving, and is also the most ergonomic position to hold your hands for long periods of time. Muscles more relaxed and having more control over your vehicle? Instantly, you're a better driver.

7. Adjust Your Mirrors to Cover Your Blind Spots


Similar to the above, there's a better way to position your mirrors than you might have been taught: Adjust the side mirrors so far outward so they're just overlapping your rearview mirror.Here's an illustration.

6. Don't Drive When You're Sleepy (or Otherwise Not Alert)


We all know the dangers of driving after drinking, but a serious lack of sleep could also impair you just as much (some people even sleep drive!)—and one out of every six fatal crashes involved a drowsy driver, according to a study in 2010. Any time your mental facilities could be compromised—whether from alcohol, poor sleep, new medication, or even having a horrible cold—is a time to stay off the road or find an alternative to driving.

Pulling late nights, or an all-nighter, feels like a badge of honor you can wear at some jobs. 

5. Don't Bother Speeding


We all want to get to our destinations sooner, but all speeding really does is increase your risk of getting into an accident or getting a speeding ticket, it turns out. Here's the math behind it, and why you're better off just driving at or below the recommended speeds.

4. Know the Best Way to Merge in Traffic


Inefficent lane merging causes traffic, road rage, and accidents. Some people are aggressive lane cutters, while others politely take their place in a lane long before an exit. The best, most efficient solution for all of us is to stay calm and zipper merge, each one taking our turn. (It was worth a try. At the very least, when merging or when others are trying to merge, be patient but also don't be that guy holding up a whole lane. We can work together to improve traffic for all.)

3. Handle Tough Driving Conditions Like a Boss


Even the most experienced drivers can get thrown off by hazardous conditions. Here's how to drive in extreme winter weather (including steering through slipperly snow), how to see better while driving at night, how to safely pass a car on a two-lane road, and why you should wear sunglasses but not use cruise control while it's raining.


2. Ditch the Distractions and Know Where You're Going


By now, we all know texting while driving is both dangerous and against the law. It's possible to drive safely while using your cell phone, but you're better off just turning it off and sticking it in your bag if you don't need it for navigating. Your cell phone isn't the only problem, though. If you eat while you drive, fiddle with the radio, or have a too-talkative passenger, you won't be able to drive as well. The danger of texting while driving is rightfully getting alot of attention, but distracted driving in general is the main issue.

Related to this: the distraction of not knowing where you are or exactly how to get where you want to go. Even with your phone's or car's navigation system, you could find yourself saying, "Wait, which highway am I supposed to get on?" and in a panic make a sudden, dangerous move. Try to scope out your route as much as possible before you start driving—even using Google Street view so you're used to the landmarks and tricky intersections before you get in your car.

1. Practice


Finally, as the fine folks at Jalopnik point out in their driver skills article, the top way to become a better driver is to drive more—conscienciously, of course, keeping the above in mind. It is, after all, a skill—one we shouldn't take too much for granted.


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Sunday, 29 June 2014

You plank! White van driver stopped by police for driving with her windscreen almost completely obscured by PLANKS . . .

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You plank! White van driver stopped by police for driving with her windscreen almost completely obscured by PLANKS 

Cited at:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2672296/You-plank-White-van-driver-stopped-police-driving-windscreen-completely-obscured-PLANKS.html
  • Police stopped Vauxhall Combo in Aston, Birmingham this morning
  • Plastic planks covered so much windscreen it was impossible to see outside
  • The van was seized once officers realised it had no insurance
  • Driver - a 30-year-old woman from Birmingham - now faces court
A white van driver was pulled over by police today for driving through rush-hour traffic with her windscreen completely covered by planks.

The driver had her Vauxhall Combo seized by officers in, who then posted a picture online as a warning to other drivers.

An image from inside the van shows how the driver - a 30-year-old woman - would have been able to see practically nothing from behind the wheel.


Pulled over: Police stopped the driver of this van, who had obscured her windscreen almost entirely with plastic planks while out and about in Aston, Birmingham

She was stopped just after 8am today while driving through Aston, Birmingham.

Police also found out that the van was uninsured, and the driver was given a court summons for driving without insurance.

After pulling over the car, officers tweeted: 'Not to all vehicle owners. Do NOT drive your motor when the windscreen is covered in plastic fascias!'


Not much of a view: Officers posted this picture online, showing how it is practically impossible to see out of the van. The driver was also uninsured and must now appear in court

Passers-by spoke of the incredulity they felt on seeing the vehicle stopped by officers.

Adrian Loveday, 34, said: 'I was driving through Aston when I saw this chap get pulled over. At first I thought it was a joke, he [sic] couldn’t see a thing out of his windscreen.

'The officers were looking at the van in disbelief - it takes stupidity to a whole new level.'


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Major road improvement in West Sussex enters its final stage . . .

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Major road improvement in West Sussex enters its final stage

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-road-improvement-in-west-sussex-enters-its-final-stage


A major scheme to improve journeys on the A23 between London and Brighton will move into its final phase of construction next month.


The A23 is being widened between Handcross and Warninglid to improve journeys and safety on the vital transport link. It is part of a record investment in roads in the South East, the largest since the 1970s.

In July the project will move into its final phase as southbound traffic will be moved onto the newly constructed southbound carriageway using overnight carriageway closures.

Highways Agency Project Manager Chris Bacon said:
Work has progressed well to improve journeys on the A23 in West Sussex and we’re now ready to move into the final phase of construction. The project is still on schedule for completion later this year and we have already completed work on several slip roads and built new access roads for local residents.

The changes will happen over several nights, and in two phases. We have planned the work to take place overnight, when we know traffic flows are lowest, and have liaised with West Sussex County Council to ensure the A24 is available to minimise disruption.

Southbound traffic will be diverted onto the newly constructed carriageway in two phases, with the first planned in early July and the second at the end of July.

During the month, the southbound entry slip road at the Handcross junction - which has been closed since February while it was rebuilt and improved - will be re-opened.

The work will be carried out overnight, between 8pm and 6am, and only one carriageway will be closed at a time. Dates will be publicised of the closures nearer the time.

Clearly signed diversions will be in place via the A264, A24 and A272.

General enquiries
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000


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A174 Stokesley Road to Blue Bell Interchange resurfacing, Middlesbrough . . .

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A174 Stokesley Road to Blue Bell Interchange resurfacing, Middlesbrough

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/a174-stokesley-road-to-blue-bell-interchange-resurfacing-middlesbrough


Work to resurface the A174 between Stokesley Road and Blue Bell Interchange in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, will begin next week.


The Highways Agency will be carrying out essential resurfacing work on the A174 westbound carriageway between the A172 and B1365 from 6 to 13 July. Overnight road closures will be in operation from 8pm to 6am, Sunday to Friday nights. During the day there will be a 50mph speed limit as a temporary road surface will be in place.

Overnight diversion routes will be clearly signed. A174 westbound traffic will follow the signed diversion via the A172, Stainton Way and the B1365 to re-join the A174 at the B1385 Blue Bell interchange. Additional local diversion routes will be also signed.

General enquiries
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000


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New dates for essential maintenance work for M4 Second Severn Crossing . . .

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New dates for essential maintenance work for M4 Second Severn Crossing

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-dates-for-essential-maintenance-work-for-m4-second-severn-crossing--2


Road users are advised that essential waterproofing and resurfacing due to take place on the Second Severn Crossing this weekend has been postponed for a week because bad weather is forecast.


Two lanes will now be closed on the westbound carriageway between 10pm on Friday, 4 July and 10am Sunday 6 July.

Chris Pope, Highways Agency project sponsor, said:
The Second Severn Crossing is a vital transport link between England and Wales, and this work will help keep it operating safely for many years to come.

We have planned the work carefully to cause the least possible disruption to road users and will also be taking the opportunity during the closures to carry out other work such as gulley clearing, white lining and lighting maintenance to reduce the need for traffic management in the future.

The work is being carried out when traffic flows are lowest but road users are advised to plan ahead and allow longer for their journeys.

One lane will remain open during the work, but if delays occur signing will direct road users to use the M48 Severn Crossing.

General enquiries
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000


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Thousands could be left stranded every day by cashless bus plans . . .

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Thousands could be left stranded every day by cashless bus plans

Cited at:
http://www.london24.com/news/transport/thousands_could_be_left_stranded_every_day_by_cashless_bus_plans_1_3655358


Concerns have been raised over the safety of vulnerable passengers, particularly at night

New fears have been raised over Transport for London’s plans to stop accepting cash on buses, as figures reveal over 2,000 people would have been stranded every day last year – because their Oyster cards were lost, stolen, or stopped working.

The Mayor defended next month's plans to make buses cashless in today's #AskBoris Twitter Q&A

The London Assembly Green Party discovered that in 2013, 2,115 people a day were left unable to use an Oyster card on buses – a total of 770,000 incidents. In 2012, the sitution was even worse, with 1.1 million Oyster cards ‘hotlisted’ by TfL.

The shocking figures have been brought to light as TfL prepares to stop accepting cash on buses on Sunday July 6.

TfL say the move will save £24 million a year, and that less than one per cent of bus journeys are now paid for with cash.

However, critics of the plan, including the Green Party, feel that it may leave vulnerable passengers lost or stranded.

Darren Johnson, Greater London Assembly Member for the Green Party, said: ““There are over two thousand Oyster Cards a day which are actually reported as stolen, lost or no longer working, but the number of people who suddenly find themselves without a functioning card is likely to be even higher.”

Mr Johnson acknowledged that TfL’s One More Journey feature, which allows passengers to make a last bus trip when they are out of Oyster credit, was a step in the right direction, but added,” “However, this doesn’t deal with the common and widespread problem of people either not having a card at all, or their card suddenly not functioning and transport staff need to be given clearer guidance to assist people in that situation.”

Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, said: “Less than one per cent of bus journeys are paid for using cash. As we move towards a cash-free bus service we are making several changes that will ensure a smooth and trouble-free transition for our passengers.

“If a passenger’s Oyster card is lost, stolen or in very rare cases not working , they will be able to pay using a contactless payment card or visit our extended Oyster Ticket Stop network to get a replacement. Bus drivers are also being provided with refreshed guidance to deal with vulnerable passengers.”

Darren Johnson AM has urged TfL to make this guidance publicly available. London24 has also requested a copy but has not yet received it.


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Saturday, 28 June 2014

One in five drivers with penalty points got them before they passed . . .

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One in five drivers with penalty points got them before they passed

Cited at:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/10925479/One-in-five-drivers-with-penalty-points-got-them-before-they-passed.html

Learner drivers are at greater risk of losing their licences as thousands already have penalty points before they pass

New figures have shown that 53,988 learners with provisional driving licences currently have penalty points Photo: ALAMY

Thousands of learner drivers already have penalty points for speeding and going through red lights before they pass their test, new figures show.

A third of people believe driving instructors or the person accompanying learners should be responsible if learners are penalised, while more than one in ten believe that they should take the points - despite this being illegal.

Almost 54,000 people with provisional licences currently have penalty points on their licence with the majority being for driving too fast, a Freedom of Information request revealed.

Other learners have received penalty points for not having any insurance or driving carelessly.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said: "It is incredibly shocking that so many new drivers are accumulating points especially before officially passing their test. The one positive aspect is that bad driving is being spotted and prosecuted."

Data from the DVLA revealed 53,988 learners with provisional licences currently have penalty points, and research by confused.com found 60 per cent of these are for speeding.

A further 43 per cent were for jumping a red light.

Gemma Stanbury of Confused.com said: “We’re aware that people might make mistakes along the way as they learn to drive, however practising road safety is an important part of the process, and picking up bad habits such as speeding or jumping lights before officially passing your driving test is never a good way to start.”

One in three people do not realise they can get points while learning to drive and 40 per cent did not realise that if they accumulate six points in their first two years of driving they will lose their licence.

More than a third of all drivers in the UK have received penalty points at some stage and 22 per cent of these admitted they had incurred penalties before they had passed their test.

Following the findings, 17 per cent of people said theory tests should be made tougher to make the roads safer and make learners more aware of the rules.

Last year the Telegraph revealed that 8,000 drivers are still on the roads despite having accumulated 12 points over a three year period - the point that makes them eligible for a driving ban. Of these the worst offender was a woman from west London who had accumulated 42 points.

Contrary to an earlier version of this report, the position is that one in five drivers that have penalty points got them when they were learners – not that one in five of all learners have penalty points.


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Seven hard hitting road safety adverts . . .

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Seven hard hitting road safety adverts

Cited at:
http://metro.co.uk/2014/06/23/seven-hard-hitting-road-safety-adverts-4772937/

Warning: upsetting scenes

Equating drink driving and shooting your friends with a shotgun is powerful 

Increasingly violent and shocking films and TV dramas have lead governments to push the boundaries in showing upsetting scenes and emotive imagery to force people to think about issues such as drink driving, speeding and tiredness at the wheel.

Including the most recent advert to hit the headlines this week from Northern Ireland, here are seven of the most brutal and affecting government road safety pieces in recent years.

1. ‘It doesn’t matter how, killing your friends is killing your friends’


This Mexican anti-drink driving advert uses gangland violence to show how drink driving leads can lead to similar consequences.

2. ‘The faster the speed, the bigger the mess’


The Republic of Ireland produced this public service announcement which is one of the most graphic in this list showing in unflinching detail a young couple being demolished by an out of control car.

3. ‘It takes less than you might think to become a drink driver’


This anti-drink driving piece by the UK government’s road safety campaign, Think, works around the theme of a pub romance theme before simulating the results of a crash in the bar itself.

4. ‘It’s 30 for a reason’


Infamous for its use of a dead young girl- this short ‘Think’ video disturbingly explains the life and death difference between being hit by a car at 30 or 40mph.

It does not shirk from any gory detail including the breaking of bones and crunching of joints.

5. ‘What impact could a drink have on your night out?’


Using the scary prank formula this ‘Think’ ad then hits with a more serious message in an attempt to scare would-be drink drivers.

6. ‘So, what’s it going to be’


This bartender monologue, once again by Think, portrays all potential negative consequences of being caught drink driving including losing your job, a criminal record and relationship issues.

7. ‘Shame on you’


Northern Irish authorities pulled no punches by allowing us to gain an emotional bond with a class of primary schoolchildren before killing then in one fail swoop pushing the blame squarely on the ‘guilty’ viewer.



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Surrey Police discover M25 cyclist had overstayed visa . . .

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Surrey Police discover M25 cyclist had overstayed visa

Cited at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-28019404

A man spotted cycling on the M25 in Surrey was arrested when he was found to have overstayed his immigration visa.

Surrey Police stopped the 44-year-old from Ghana at 06:00 BST after receiving reports that a cyclist was riding along the hard shoulder of the motorway.

It was discovered during a road side check that his visitor visa was expired and he was arrested.

The man was stopped at junction 13 having joined the M25 at junction 11.

Surrey Police found a cyclist on the same stretch of motorway in February after an app on his phone had sent him on to the motorway by mistake.


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Ongoing overnight closures of the M1 at junction 19 Catthorpe, Leicestershire . . .

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Ongoing overnight closures of the M1 at junction 19 Catthorpe, Leicestershire

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ongoing-overnight-closures-of-the-m1-at-junction-19-catthorpe-leicestershire


There will be two overnight closures of the M1 at junction 19 near Catthorpe, Leicestershire, on Friday 27 and Monday 30 June as part of the Highways Agency’s ongoing improvement scheme.


The northbound carriageway between the exit and entry slip roads, together with the A14 to M1 northbound entry slip road, will close on Friday, from 10pm to 6am. Traffic will be diverted via the M6 Northbound to junction 1, the A426 and A4303 to re-join the M1 at junction 20.

On Monday 30 June the southbound carriageway will be closed between the same points from 8pm to 8am with traffic diverted off the M1 at junction 20 and along the A4303, A4303 and M6 southbound to re-join the M1 at junction 19. Traffic wishing to travel east on the A14 will remain unaffected.

The closures are required to prepare the M1 to be put into contraflow. Barrier repairs are also being undertaken during the closures. A contingency date of 1 July has been identified should either of the planned closures be postponed.

Further information about the project is available on the scheme’s website.

General enquiries
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.


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Safety zealot hid a phone jammer in his SUV to stop other drivers taking calls . . .

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Safety zealot hid a phone jammer in his SUV to stop other drivers taking calls

Cited at:
http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/24/florida-man-hid-phone-jammer-in-suv/?ncid=rss_truncated


If you happen to notice a second-hand Toyota Highlander being offered for a quick sale in Seffner, Florida, you'll know exactly who it belongs to. A local man, Jason Humphreys, has been given 30 days to pay a $48,000 fine after being caught radio-handed with a high-powered phone jammer hidden under his SUV's front passenger seat. 

When he was pulled over by a squad of FCC agents and police officers, who had spent days tracking the source of the wideband interference emanating from his vehicle, he reportedly told them that he was "fed up with watching cell phone usage while people were driving." Unfortunately for Humphreys, the state of Florida deems it legal for motorists to engage in phone conversations while they're on the move, whereas it severely frowns on the use of unlicensed jamming equipment that can disrupt vital communications between emergency services. 

The only glimmer of hope for this grumpy vigilante is if he can write to the FCC and somehow stall the fine, but even then he'll likely still face a separate case raised by an even grumpier Sheriff's office.


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Friday, 27 June 2014

Speed cameras on the M25 . . .

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Speed cameras on the M25

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/speed-cameras-on-the-m25


Response to a request for information made under the Freedom of Information Act about speed cameras on the M25


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A request for information was made about speed cameras on the M25.

In response, the Highways Agency confirmed the status of active speed cameras on the M25 but withheld details on specific locations.


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Drivers reminded of a second A1 overnight weekend closure for motorway upgrade work, North Yorkshire . . .

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Drivers reminded of a second A1 overnight weekend closure for motorway upgrade work, North Yorkshire

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/drivers-reminded-of-a-second-a1-overnight-weekend-closure-for-motorway-upgrade-work-north-yorkshire


Drivers are reminded that the A1 in North Yorkshire will be closed overnight on 28 June as part of major work to upgrade part of the A1 to a three-lane motorway.


Highways Agency senior project manager Sandie Forte-Gill said:
The closure is required for safe installation of traffic management including narrow lanes, temporary safety barriers and additional average speed cameras. The traffic management is necessary to enable the safe construction of the new motorway.

The closure last weekend (21 June) went ahead as planned and once again we ask that drivers plan their journeys and allow extra time for travelling along the diversion routes.

The A1 will be closed overnight on 28 June, from 8pm on Saturday evening until 6am on Sunday morning. The A1 and A1(M) will be closed northbound between junction 50 (Baldersby) and Scotch Corner, and southbound between Scotch Corner and junction 51 (Leeming). The 12 hour closures have been carefully planned to minimise disruption to drivers and will be put in place when traffic flows are at their lowest.

On completion of this overnight closure, narrow lane running will be in place on the southbound carriageway between Low Street and Leeming (junction 51).

Work to widen a 12 mile section of the A1 between Leeming and Scotch Corner, and to create an alternative route for local traffic, started earlier in March. The scheme will unlock growth and boost the economy by creating a continuous motorway-standard route between London and Newcastle (including the M1 and A1M).

When the scheme opens to traffic in 2016/17, journey times between Leeming and Barton will be reduced by approximately 20 per cent, and over a sixty-year period, the improvements are predicted to save around 100 lives and prevent around 650 serious casualties. The work is also estimated to generate 750 jobs in the construction industry over three years.

The work is part of a £380m scheme to upgrade 12 miles of the A1 between Leeming and Barton to motorway standard. Following the decision on the route of the proposed local access road, work on the remaining section, between Scotch Corner and Barton, will start in due course. For more information on the scheme, visit the Highways Agency’s website.

General enquiries
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.


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Driver advice as Merseyside hosts The Open golf championship . . .

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Driver advice as Merseyside hosts The Open golf championship

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driver-advice-as-merseyside-hosts-the-open-golf-championship

Drivers using motorway routes around the Wirral peninsula are being advised to plan their journeys during next month’s Open golf championship.


The popular annual event is being staged this year at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club just off junction 2 of the M53 at Hoylake. It is taking place between Sunday 13 July and Sunday 20 July.

The prestigious tournament – last held in the North West at Lytham St Annes in 2012 and last held at Hoylake in 2006 - always attracts a large turnout, and the Highways Agency has been planning traffic management well in advance.

Phil Stockford, the Highways Agency’s events planning manager, said:
We are used to hosting The Open in the North West from time-to-time and we work closely with the police, local authorities, golf clubs and other agencies to ensure we can get people as smoothly as possible to and from the event as well as keeping other motorway drivers on the move.

Spectators and other people using the motorway network around Wirral during the championship can help themselves by heeding our advice and planning their journeys – including checking traffic conditions before setting out.

Everyone driving to the golf will be directed to use the northbound M53 from junction 15 of the M56 at Stoak Interchange. From junction 11 of the M53 they will then travel the 15 miles north to leave the motorway at junction 3 or junction 2 west of Birkenhead from where they will be directed to dedicated and public park and ride sites, reserved label car parks or coach parking.

Highways Agency traffic officers at the North West regional control centre at Newton-le-Willows will be using electronic signs across the region’s motorway network before and during the event to give driver advice including directions to the M53 route. They will also be monitoring traffic levels with extra patrols of on road traffic officers on standby to respond quickly to incidents and keep golf-goers and other motorway users on the move.

Full information for anyone travelling to the golf is available at the Open Championship website.

The Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone. Local Twitter services are also available at @HAtraffic_nwest and @HAtraffic_pen9 for Transpennine routes.

Providing they can do so safely, road users can also call the Highways Agency Information Line (0300 123 5000) to keep up to date with road conditions.

General enquiries
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.


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Earthworks at A19 Stockton Ring Road Interchange . . .

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Earthworks at A19 Stockton Ring Road Interchange

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/earthworks-at-a19-stockton-ring-road-interchange


Work to stabilise the embankment on the northbound A19 at the A1027 junction near Norton, Stockton-on-Tees will begin next week.


Highways Agency Project Manager Kyle Maylard said:
We will be carrying out essential re-modelling and strengthening work to restore stability to the earthwork slope next to the A19 northbound carriageway. The slope is located between the two bridges over the A19 at the A1027 junction. Once this work is complete we will return to the site to replant trees and shrubs this autumn.

The work will begin on 30 June and take place until the end of August. Work will take place Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm. A 50mph speed limit and narrow lanes will be in place on the northbound A19 between the A1027 exit slip road and the A1027 entry slip road. The speed restriction and narrow lanes will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

General enquiries
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000

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New kerbs for A1 at Newton-on-the-Moor, Northumberland . . .

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New kerbs for A1 at Newton-on-the-Moor, Northumberland

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-kerbs-for-a1-at-newton-on-the-moor-northumberland

Work to replace kerbs along 3.5 miles of the A1 near Newton-on-the-Moor, Northumberland will begin next week.


Highways Agency Project Manager Nick Adshead said:
We will be replacing the kerbs between Newton-on-the-Moor village and Old Felton. The existing kerbs have deteriorated and, as they form an integral part of the drainage system, it is important they are replaced. To minimise any disruption caused by the work, we are carrying it out in two phases.

Phase 1 will take place from 30 June to 9 September on the southbound carriageway, and phase 2 will take place from 18 August to 4 November on the northbound carriageway.

For the safety of road workers and to carry out the work as quickly as possible, work will take place during the day, 1 lane will be closed and a 50mph speed limit will be in operation.

General enquiries
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000


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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Further improvements for M62 pinch points . . .

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Further improvements for M62 pinch points

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-improvements-for-m62-pinch-points


The Highways Agency will be carrying out further improvements on the M62 aimed at cutting congestion and improving journeys for drivers near Castleford in West Yorkshire.


Work will begin later this month on two pinch point schemes, totalling an investment of £3.22million, which will see improvements made to the M62 junction 31 and 32 eastbound exit slip roads and mainline approaches. Work to increase capacity at the junctions by widening the exit slip roads will begin on 30 June and be completed by the end of December.

Pinch point schemes provide smaller scale improvements that can deliver big returns by easing congestion and making journey times more reliable for road users, including hauliers and commuters to help boost local economies and drive economic growth.

Highways Agency Service Delivery Team Leader, Roger Wantling, said:
These schemes will improve the exit arrangements at junction 31 and junction 32 on the M62 eastbound carriageway, which are currently affected by congestion during peak hours with traffic backing up to the M62 mainline at both locations. Once complete they will cut congestion and reduce journey times at these junctions. This will be beneficial for the local economies and also improve safety for drivers.

The schemes will be constructed in conjunction with the pinch point technology improvement scheme already taking place between junctions 30 and 32. For the work to be carried out safely the current traffic management between these junctions including temporary safety barriers, 50mph average speed cameras, hard shoulder closures and narrow lanes will be extended along the junction 31 and 32 exit slip roads. There will be night time lane closures and occasional full eastbound exit slip road closures with diversions in place via M62 junction 33.

The work is part of a £317million pinch point improvement programme designed to boost local economies, reduce congestion and improve safety on the strategic road network in England. The programme is part of the UK Government’s growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellors Autumn Statement in November 2011.

There are 15 Highways Agency pinch point schemes, totalling an investment of over £37million, taking place in Yorkshire and Humber.

Further information is available on the project pages of the Highways Agency’s website. Information on the Pinch Point programme can also be found on the Highways Agency’s website.

These schemes are part of a major programme of road improvements planned in Yorkshire and Humber, with the region benefiting from over £550 million of investments beginning this year.

General enquiries
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.


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Smoother journeys M53 for drivers around Bidston . . .

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Smoother journeys M53 for drivers around Bidston

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/smoother-journeys-m53-for-drivers-around-bidston


A £250,000 Highways Agency project to resurface parts of the M53 in Merseyside will start next month.


Both the northbound and southbound carriageways of the motorway between junctions 1 and 2 around Bidston will benefit from complete resurfacing as well as new road studs and new road markings. All the work will be done overnight to minimise disruption to motorway users.

Highways Agency Project Sponsor Jakub Malaj said:
This work will provide safer and smoother journeys for users of the M53 approaching or leaving Kingsway Tunnel. We have timed the work to take place overnight when the motorway is at it quietest and the work will also be done in phases to minimise disruption to motorway users.

The project is expected to take up to 15 nights to deliver between Monday 21 July and Friday 22 August with overnight carriageway closures between 10pm and 5am each night. All closures will be accompanied by clearly-signed diversions.

General enquiries
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000


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Tractor stopped by motorway police . . .

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Tractor stopped by motorway police

Cited at:
http://www.harwichandmanningtreestandard.co.uk/uk_national_news/11294801.Tractor_stopped_by_motorway_police/?ref%3Dnt


A tractor has been seized by police after drivers spotted it being driven along one of the country's busiest motorways.

The Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) said the bright red tractor was spotted travelling at "low speed" on the southbound carriageway of the M6 near Birmingham in the West Midlands at about 5.25am today.

Tractors are banned from using the motorway network.
Inspector Mark Watkins said when the tractor stopped, the male driver was unaware he was breaking the law and was later found to be uninsured.

The Case-built tractor was seized by officers and the driver left to make his own way home, Mr Watkins added.

Police said they "received a few calls" about the tractor as it was driven between spaghetti junction in Birmingham and junction 5, with concerned motorists "shocked and worried that the slow nature of the tractor could create a hazard".

Mr Watkins said: "To see such a vehicle travelling on such a busy stretch of road was both unusual and quite a surprise for the patrol officers.

"Tractors are one of the various prohibited vehicles on the motorway network - a fact that the driver seemed to be unaware of.

"We received a few calls at around the time we stopped the tractor from concerned motorists."
He added: "It was unclear where the driver was taking the tractor to and how far he was planning to travel along the network for but, either way, taking the tractor on to the motorway posed a risk to himself and others, whilst breaking the law.

"The driver was left to make his own way home - minus his expensive tractor."


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