Category: Transport

Update: M1 junction 13 to junction 16 All-Lane Running smart motorway roadworks

Highways England is working to convert the M1 from J13 to J16 to an All-Lane Running (ALR) smart motorway. In its latest update, it said that it has begun to remove the temporary vehicle barrier between junction 13 and junction 14.

Once removed, lane 1 (the left-hand lane) will still be closed to vehicles by traffic cones. These cones will stay in place until the re-surfacing of the carriageway and the lane markings for the new motorway layout (carriageway realignment) is completed.

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Manton Lane footbridge installation taking place this weekend

The planned installation of a new footbridge at Manton Lane, which was delayed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at a sub-contractor’s facility, is taking place this weekend.

There have been works ongoing at Manton Lane. The road has been widened and traffic signals installed. This project plans to make the road safer, and help ease traffic at this traffic hotspot.

The footbridge installation will take place between 18:00 on Friday 22 January and 06:00 on Monday 25 January. The road will be closed throughout these works.

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Marston Vale Line passengers offered chance to quiz London Northwestern Railway bosses

Passengers who use London Northwestern Railway (LNR) services on the Marston Vale Line are being offered the chance to have their questions answered as part of a new online Q&A.

This is part of LNR’s commitment to keep its customers informed. Previously, it has held regular face-to-face sessions for passengers at stations across the network as part of its popular ‘Whistle Stop Tour’.

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Christmas Travel Window refunds confirmed for London Northwestern Railway passengers

Train operator London Northwestern Railway (LNR) has confirmed the refund process for customers whose Christmas journey plans have changed following the latest Government advice.

Passengers with tickets for travel from tomorrow (Wednesday 23 December) until Sunday 27 December which were purchased on or after November 24 can rebook or refund their journeys for free.

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Great Sock Appeal Needs YOU This Christmas

The Great Sock Appeal launches today, in time for Giving Tuesday, across the nation in a bid to support those that need it the most. Spearheaded by Govia Thameslink Railway, the collection is returning for a second year after the 2019 launch that saw 4,172 pairs of socks donated by customers and colleagues to seven different partnerships across the Govia Thameslink Railway network.

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Free train travel for almost a thousand fleeing domestic abuse as demand for help soars

Train companies are extending free train travel for survivors of domestic abuse until the end of March next year. The move comes as figures show that, on average, four survivors a day have been using the scheme and reports show that abuse has worsened during coronavirus restrictions.

Charities are bracing themselves for a surge in people fleeing abusive relationships when restrictions are lifted. The extension will help hundreds more people to take the train, for free, to reach a safe refuge.

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Bedford Borough steps up to Autumn Walking Challenge

The Autumn Walking Challenge, delivered by Sustrans and Bedford Borough Council, has now started and the Council is encouraging businesses to get back outside and exercise.

The Autumn Walking Challenge, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), encourages participants to join a team with two colleagues to track their daily and weekly step count from 28 October to 23 November. Successful teams will win one of three great prizes, which are also funded by the DfT.

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Double penalties for drivers using faulty tyres

If UK motorists drive with defective tyres they could face large fines and hikes to their insurance premiums.

Car insurance comparison experts is warning drivers to check tyres before getting on the road and say this October’s Tyre Safety Month is the perfect reminder.

Motorists can be fined up to £2,500 for each faulty tyre and three points on their driving licence. If the police see another tyre falling short of the law it doubles to £5,000 and six points.

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