Archive for October, 2014

Work begins on £2.3 million M6 improvement at Sandbach junction

Comments Off | 10-31-2014

The £2.3 million junction improvement will be delivered to address existing problems at the junction, reducing congestion and allowing for faster journey times.
Improvements will include:

Constructing a new roundabout at the top of the northbound off slip road.
Providing a free flow link from the A534 to the M6 northbound.
Installing new traffic signals on the southbound off

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£23 million to get more neighbourhood plans across England

Comments Off | 10-31-2014

Ministers today (31 October 2014) announced £23 million new funding to encourage more communities across England to get involved in neighbourhood planning, allowing local people to put forward and vote on their proposals for the type of development in their area, and where it should go.
Local people can draw up ‘neighbourhood plans’ that can be

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UK energy projects awarded €75 million of European funding

Comments Off | 10-31-2014

The European Commission has announced €647 million to be invested in key energy infrastructure to enhance security of supply across Europe. This includes €75 million for UK projects with cross-border benefits, including electricity interconnection (enabling electricity to be transferred between countries), smart grid and gas storage projects.
Energy Secretary Edward Davey said:
“This is excellent news for the

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£17 million improvements for North East roads before Christmas

Comments Off | 10-30-2014

Between now and Christmas, over £7million will be invested in resurfacing projects on the A1 north of Newcastle. The main focus of the work will be along the A1 between:

Haggerston and Broomhill
Shilbottle and Felton
Stannington Vale
Earson and Burgham
Duns Road and Highfield
East Ord and Scremerston
A1 North Brunton roundabout

A further £4.5 million of resurfacing work is planned for

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£16.5 million improvements along Yorkshire and Humber’s road for Christmas

Comments Off | 10-30-2014

Between now and Christmas, teams of roadworkers will be working across Yorkshire and Humber, repairing and maintaining the region’s 326 miles of motorways and trunk roads.
Highways Agency North East Regional Director, Vanessa Gilbert, said:
This is really good news for road users across Yorkshire because it will ultimately mean more reliable journey times and improved safety.

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More than £49.5 million improvements for East Midlands before Christmas

Comments Off | 10-29-2014

This is the value of work either beginning or already taking place on the Highways Agency’s regional network in the run up to Christmas, with completion dates varying depending on the length of each scheme.
The focus of the work will be on improving safety and increasing the capacity of roads to help ease congestion and

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New £1.5 million grant fund to help social ventures

Comments Off | 10-29-2014

Investors want to know the social impact that organisations will make before backing a venture with their money and this is often a decisive factor when they consider their investment.
Without the right systems and knowledge many worthy social ventures struggle to show how their impact can be measured. This new fund aims to solve the

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Eric Pickles shelves town hall plans for new taxes on families’ weekly shop

Comments Off | 10-28-2014

Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, stood up for hard-working people today (25 October 2014) as he stopped plans for new taxes on families’ weekly shop. A number of town halls have been initiating legal moves to impose additional business rates on supermarkets and large shops, using the Sustainable Communities Act.
Today, the Secretary of State announced that

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Drivers set to save £150 million over the next ten years as driving licence fees fall

Comments Off | 10-28-2014

Driving licence fees will fall by up to 32% as part of the government’s commitment to deliver savings to the taxpayer.
The changes, which follow a recent public consultation, come into force from 31 October 2014. Drivers applying online will see the fee for a provisional driving licence fall from £50 to £34 and online renewals

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UK secures €1 billion European Ebola commitment

Comments Off | 10-26-2014

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has secured a €1 billion (£800 million) funding pledge at the European Council meetings in Brussels, following a call for European leaders to do more to fight the disease in West Africa.
As part of the commitment, the UK has boosted its own response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa

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