Highways England says ‘Don’t be a Space Invader’

Tailgating causes one in eight of all road casualties
Highways England’s new safety campaign uses the well-known Space Invader video game character to alert drivers to the anti-social nature and risks of tailgating.

The ‘Don’t be a Space Invader – stay safe, stay back’ campaign is supported by one of the world’s best

Former Formula 1 world champion and President of the Institute of Advanced Motorists RoadSmart, Nigel Mansell, said:

“Tailgating is a driving habit I utterly deplore. Not only is it aggressive and intimidating, but it can lead to a crash with a tragic outcome.

“There is absolutely no upside to it – you will not get to your destination faster, you are not a skilled driver for doing it, and you are putting so many innocent people at risk. So I very much back this campaign to highlight the dangers of tailgating.”

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Corridor chosen for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

Corridor chosen for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.
The Roads Minister Jesse Norman MP has announced the chosen central corridor for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

Corridor B was judged to offer greater benefits to the region, such as providing better links to jobs, education, leisure and health services.

The Expressway is also expected to take up to 40 minutes off the journey between the A34 south of Oxford and the M1.

A full public consultation will be held next year, in which residents and businesses in and around the corridor will have their say on more detailed designs for the route.

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DVLA reveals some of the oddest items found in untaxed cars

A driver had nowhere to go after their toilet was left in their impounded car.

The DVLA has released a list of some of the items found in untaxed cars that were clamped and impounded in the last 12 months. As well as everyday items, some unusual artefacts came to light.

Such as, 3 jockey helmets, Off-road quad bike, Half a corner sofa, a highly collectible Louis Wain book of illustrated cats from the 1920s,
Full set of golf clubs and the bathroom toilet with seat.

The items will be kept for a time so that the owners can claim them.

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Thameslink extends compensation scheme to non-season ticket holders

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has extended the additional industry compensation scheme. The compensation is for passengers affected by disruption caused by new timetable introduced in May.

Regular travellers without a season ticket could now be eligible for compensation. These passengers must have made at least three days’ return travel in any week in the period 20 May to 28 July. Travel most also have been from the most affected stations.

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Beds Fire is putting ladies in the driving seat with a car care evening

Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service has teamed up with Kwik Fit to offer a ladies car care evening. The fire service said that research has shown that 64% of female motorists don’t feel comfortable visiting a garage. As well as a theory session on car maintenance, there is also the opportunity to get some hands on experience.

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Highways England warns of litter risk in soaring temperatures

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Ryanair: advice from the UK European Consumer Centre for UK holidaymakers

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Hitting the road for the holidays? Check before you travel

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Researching travel insurance is as important as researching your holiday

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The rail industry backing campaign to combat dangerous behaviour on the railway

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