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23 December 2015 at 12:57

A new link road that will speed up journeys for motorists has been opened in Crewe. The 1.1km David Whitby Way - named after one of the crew members on the Glasgow-London mail train that was targeted by the Great Train Robbery in 1963 - runs between the A5020 Weston Road and the A500 Hough-Shavington bypass.The new dual-carriageway, which has cost £26.5 million to build, has been opened by tra...

23 December 2015 at 12:57

The reopening of the busy Forth Road Bridge ahead of schedule has given motorists driving between Edinburgh and Fife during the holidays a festive lift. It had been expected that temporary repairs would see the bridge remaining closed to traffic until the new year.But with the repairs now complete the bridge has been reopened to everything but HGVs. It is thought lorries will have to wait unti...

23 December 2015 at 12:57

Car insurance rates are accelerating in the wrong direction after the introduction of higher Insurance Premium Tax, research reveals. Average best buy premiums increased by 10.9% to £696 in the year to 30 November, market researcher Consumer Intelligence claims, meaning it is more expensive for motorists to protect themselves on the road .Insurance Premium Tax - the tax paid each time an insur...

22 December 2015 at 14:56

Police fail to investigate a quarter of stolen vehicles a year, according to figures obtained from 43 of the 45 forces in the UK.Around 117,000 cars are stolen on an annual basis, the research from accident management company Accident Exchange has revealed.Of the 59,000 that are never found, some 30,000 - worth around £229 million - are not investigated.Businesses are hardest hit by vehicle the...

22 December 2015 at 14:56

Audi is unveiling its new hydrogen car prototype next month.The Q6 h-tron, a fuel cell-powered adaptation of the electric Audi quattro e-tron concept, will be displayed at the Detroit Auto Show (January 11-24).The car manufacturer is likely to use the e-tron's MLB platform, according to the German motoring press.Hydrogen-based fuel cells will replace the e-tron concept's batteries, which design...

22 December 2015 at 14:56

Major roadworks across Yorkshire could cause disruption to the Christmas getaway for thousands of motorists.Highways England has announced that sections of the M1, M18 and M62 in the region will be affected over the festive period, which is one of the busiest times of the year on the roads.The southbound exit slip road at Junction 42 of the M1 at Lofthouse Interchange will be closed overnight f...

22 December 2015 at 14:56

New figures obtained during a Freedom of Information study by the Press Association reveal hospitals across the country are raising increasing amounts of money from parking. Seven NHS trusts earned more than £3 million from parking fees in 2014/15. Eight made more than £2 million, while a further 33 earned over £1 million.Nearly half of all trusts also charged disabled people for parking in so...

22 December 2015 at 14:56

Drivers in the Midlands have received an early Christmas present after a local businessman dropped diesel prices below the £1 a litre mark.Three independent filling stations in Walsall, Redditch and Birmingham had the price at the pumps slashed by 3p overnight in what experts believe is the lowest UK forecourt price since the economic crash.RAC Fuel Watch spokesman Simon Williams says: "It's gr...

21 December 2015 at 16:02

Learner drivers could soon be seen on the motorway if new Government plans get the green light. Motorists are currently only allowed on the motorway after they have passed their practical exam, but the proposals, which include a raft of other changes designed to improve road safety, would change that.Learners would be given the chance to take a motorway driving lesson with an approved driving ...

21 December 2015 at 16:02

Proposals to combat mobile phone use among drivers by imposing tougher penalties will fail unless more resources are put into law enforcement, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is predicting. The Government wants motorists caught using a hand-held phone while driving to be given four penalty points instead of the current three.And it wants offenders driving larger vehicles to have six ...

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