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05 February 2016 at 11:18

Another problem on the Forth Road Bridge has delayed its full reopening by up to a month. Engineers have discovered an issue on the south tower, which is related to movement of truss end links. While it will not cause another breakage - like the crack on the north tower did in December - work is required to strengthen it. Full reopening has now been pushed back to mid-March, a month later than...

05 February 2016 at 11:18

Matt LeBlanc has spoken of his excitement at being named the new co-presenter of Top Gear. The Friends star's appointment on the BBC2 flagship motoring magazine show has shocked pundits.LeBlanc will join Chris Evans when the programme returns this spring.In December BBC officials announced that Top Gear was scheduled for a May 8 return.LeBlanc is a self-confessed Top Gear fan and "car nut".The...

05 February 2016 at 11:18

Two major tunnels could be built across London in a bid to ease congestion on the roads. One could run from the A40 at Park Royal in west London to the A12 at Hackney Wick in east London, known as the Northern Cross City Corridor.The other could potentially stretch west to east from the A4 in Chiswick to the A13 in Beckton. Major Boris Johnson claims the projects could reduce congestion in t...

05 February 2016 at 11:18

More people were killed on Britain's roads in the year ending September, according to provisional data. The Department for Transport (DfT) estimates 1,780 lives were lost from October 2014 to September 2015, up 49 on the previous 12 months.Fatalities on built-up roads with a speed limit up to and including 40mph rose by 71 to 780.Motoring traffic levels increased by 2.2% over the same period, w...

04 February 2016 at 12:23

Around 240 people were killed in road traffic accidents in 2014 where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit, according to provisional figures.The Department for Transport (DfT) estimates between 210 and 270 people were killed in such accidents in Britain during the 12-month period, with a central estimate of 240.It is unchanged from 2013, following a period of stability since 2010,...

04 February 2016 at 12:23

Thousands of motorists struggling to dispose of their old cars are to be given a helping hand. Getting rid of unwanted vehicles responsibly can be difficult, especially if the manufacturer is no longer operating in the UK.Around 700,000 of these so-called orphan vehicles exist nationwide, built by a brand that has ceased trading and has no parent company.To address the problem, the Society of M...

04 February 2016 at 12:23

The Isle of Man is bidding to become the first self-driving island in the world.Phil Gawne, its transportation minister, has said he is trying to lure manufacturers of fully autonomous cars - those without a steering wheel or pedals - to the island in the Irish Sea.Discussions between the government and a number of companies have already taken place.The island's autonomy means it has the power ...

04 February 2016 at 12:23

Dangerous drivers in Bradford are being targeted as part of a major police crackdown. The two-month operation, which focuses on five "hotspot" areas in the city, caught 21 offenders on its first day.Officers say they are targeting drivers who commit the fatal four motoring offences - drink or drug driving; speeding; using a mobile phone while driving; and not wearing a seatbelt - so called beca...

04 February 2016 at 12:23

New car sales last month reached an 11-year high for January, according to industry figures.Nearly 170,000 new registrations came on to the British market, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports.These numbers come on the back of a record-breaking year for the UK motoring industry, with some 2.6 million units being sold - an increase of 6.3% on the year before.The 169,678 ...

03 February 2016 at 12:13

Motorists are set to benefit from less congestion and quicker journey times following the completion of a new seven-mile stretch of smart motorway on the M1 in West Yorkshire. The final phase of the £120 million scheme has gone live with variable speed limits now in force and the hard shoulder permanently converted into an extra lane between Junction 39 and Junction 42 (the Lofthouse Interchang...

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