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17 November 2014 at 12:32

A new survey underlines just how hazardous the roads are for primary school-aged children. Over two-fifths of 4,787 seven-to-11-year-olds (41%) claim they have either been struck by a road vehicle, or suffered a near miss while cycling or walking, according to the poll from Brake.The road safety charity's survey is published to coincide with its Road Safety Week activities (November 17-23).Tw...

17 November 2014 at 12:32

Traffic on the M25 is back to normal after a huge pothole appeared on Friday, causing the closure of three lanes. Motorists can once more set their journey planners via the anti-clockwise stretch between junctions 10 at Cobham and 9, for Leatherhead.The hole that appeared was, at 16ft long, a whole lane's width as well as 11.8in deep. The fault is being blamed on torrential rain in Surrey cau...

17 November 2014 at 12:32

Motorists are being warned that further flooding forecast on Monday could be a taste of things to come.The Met Office says that drivers should brace themselves for a wetter-than-average winter. The autumn is ending on a suitably damp note with substantial rainfall spreading across South-West England and areas of Wales. North-East Scotland has been placed on flood alert. Environment Agency offic...

17 November 2014 at 12:32

Bath businessman Mike Watts had the perfect answer to a major road closure adding an extra 14 miles to his daily commute - he built one himself. Now his £300,000 gamble to build a toll road looks to have paid off.Kelston-based Mr Watts, 62, put his home on the line in August for his private road initiative across farmland, charging drivers £2 for each trip. A total of around 150,000 vehicles u...

17 November 2014 at 12:32

A rejuvenated classic Porsche 911 is to feature in a new TV series following the lives of successful British career women. The original light yellow 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Touring was provided to 'Brit Chickz' by Oxfordshire-based Autofarm, an independent specialist in Porsche vehicles alone.The rare classic has been praised for its legendary status among fans as well as its lightweight, nimble h...

14 November 2014 at 12:39

Drivers are using British motorways more than ever before, new Government statistics show. They reveal that an unprecedented 16.3 billion motorway miles were clocked up this summer.This is 1.3% more than those seen in the previous quarter.It is also 2.3% more than the corresponding three months last year, suggesting that motorists are using motorways at record levels. Traffic on British roads...

14 November 2014 at 12:39

Prices at the petrol pump could soon hit their lowest for years following news that oil prices have dropped below 80 dollars a barrel.December delivery figures for Brent crude dropped as low as 79 dollars per barrel, following industry cartel Opec's predictions for slightly reduced demand for oil next year (down to 29.2 million barrels a day).Uncertain growth figures - with Chinese expansion sh...

14 November 2014 at 12:39

Drivers have been warned over possible flooding on the Somerset Levels following a week of sustained rainfall.The bad weather, which began on Monday, is expected to carry on until the weekend, although fears of a repeat of February's flooding are thought to be unlikely.Flooding wreaked havoc in areas of the Levels, affecting homes, businesses, wildlife and roads, with many insurance claims fil...

14 November 2014 at 12:39

Part of the surface of the M25 has collapsed, according to traffic reports on Britain's busiest motorway. Three lanes of the M25 anticlockwise have closed between junction 11 and junction nine in Surrey.The problems started during regular overnight maintenance work on junction nine and worsened as heavy rain affected the site. The surface deteriorated to the point where the anticlockwise carri...

14 November 2014 at 12:39

Motorists can now see for themselves the harrowing moment when a Lithuanian lorry driver executed a motorway U-turn in his 40-tonne truck. Police have posted footage of 51-year-old Leonid Papachin's dangerous rush-hour manoeuvre, following his 15-week suspended jail term last month.Cannock magistrates also banned Papachin from motoring for one-and-a-half years and told him to pay costs of £85....

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