Thursday, 23 December 2010
Millions of motorists are taking to the roads for the festive getaway as the big freeze continues to make driving conditions "treacherous".
Thursday is likely to be one of the busiest traffic days of the year for shoppers and Christmas travellers. Sub-zero temperatures are predicted and up to 10cm (4ins) of snow is expected in Northumberland and eastern Scotland.
The Highways Agency has suspended 64 miles of roadworks between Christmas Eve and 4 January 2011.
AA president Edmund King said drivers must remember to top up anti-freeze, put de-icer in their windscreen washers and drive on a full tank of petrol. He also said: "The roads in many parts of the country are treacherous. Conditions are not great because of the sub-zero temperatures so try not to brake too harshly and where possible stick to motorways and trunk roads. The day the majority of people stay at home is Christmas Day. Some 60% say they won't venture out at all. If people really are worried and get stuck in the traffic, maybe early in the morning on the 25th might be the time to travel."
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
The BVRLA has called on the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) to re-examine its plans to bring all leased assets and liabilities onto the balance sheet.
"Most people accept the need to make major leased assets and liabilities more transparent," said BVRLA chief executive John Lewis. "But whether you are talking to leasing companies, their customers or accounting firms, there is almost total consensus that the plans being put forward are over-complicated and will fail to achieve their objective."
In its response to the IASB consultation on the proposals, which closed last week, the BVRLA highlights issues it believes the IASB needs to address: Short-term leases. The BVRLA believes that low value transactions lasting less than 12 months should be treated as service contracts and therefore excluded from the proposals.
Transition period. The association also believes that affected firms should be given a minimum of four years to make the necessary system and process changes required to meet the new accounting requirements.
The BVRLA is confident that the proposed standards will not erode the key commercial benefits of leasing, but it is keen to ensure that they do not put an excessive accounting burden on businesses. The IASB is now expected to review the consultation responses before publishing a final standard in the first half of 2011.
The BVRLA's response can be read by clicking here...
The winter weather is continuing to cause problems across the UK, as a thaw seems unlikely for several days.
Gatwick Airport re-opened at 0600 GMT after closing overnight, but passengers were told to expect further disruption. Heathrow Airport is operating no more than a third of all flights until 0600 GMT on Wednesday, and there are delays at regional airports across the UK.
The coldest temperature overnight was -17.6C, recorded in Crosby, Merseyside, and in Katesbridge, Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, Eurostar passengers were queuing for more than half a mile on Tuesday morning as the cross-channel operator ran a restricted service at St Pancras station in London. The company asked customers booked to travel before Christmas to exchange their tickets or get a refund free of charge, if their travel was not essential. On Monday, people queued for up to eight hours.
Forecasters have predicted there will be no let-up in the freezing conditions until Boxing Day - with ongoing delays on the roads and railways. The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings of widespread icy roads across most of the UK.
Monday, 20 December 2010
Thousands of people face further disruption to their Christmas travel plans as cold weather conditions continue to grip much of the country.
British Airways is hoping 60 flights will depart Heathrow on Monday morning, but dozens more have been cancelled. BAA has apologised to people who were forced to sleep in the terminal but Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said aviation was a "safety-first business".
Friday, 17 December 2010
Several UK airports have been closed and train services cancelled after heavy snowfalls in many areas.
Motorists are also being warned to take extra care because of widespread ice, and police in northern Scotland are advising against all travel.
At least 440 schools in Wales, 200 in Scotland and 220 in Northern Ireland are closed. More snow is forecast later and on Saturday, with up to 25cm (10in) in Wales and southern and central England.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for widespread icy roads for the whole of the UK. There are also heavy snow warnings for Orkney and Shetland, Highlands and Outer Hebrides, Grampian, Northern Ireland, Wales and south-west England on Friday.
By Saturday, another band of heavy snow is forecast to affect much of England and Wales, with 5 to 10cm likely in many places and 20 to 25cm possible in some others.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Carmakers Nissan and Mitsubishi have said they will increase levels of co-operation between the two firms.
Under the deal, Nissan will make a small van which Mitsubishi will sell in Japan. Meanwhile Mitsubishi will supply a sports utility vehicle (SUV) to Nissan for sale in the Middle East. The firms already supply each other with models that they have marketed under each other's brand names in Japan. This is done under an industry scheme known as Original Equipment Manufacturing.
The companies said that talks for Nissan to provide Mitsubishi with more top end models for the Japanese domestic market were continuing.
They are also considering plans to build the Nissan Navara at Mitsubishi's Thailand factory and contemplating setting up a joint venture "for product planning and engineering of mini cars for the Japanese domestic market".
source: BBC News
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
A 20-mile stretch of the M8 motorway has reopened after being closed for 48 hours due to snow and ice.
Scotland's busiest road had been closed westbound between the outskirts of Edinburgh and Shotts in North Lanarkshire since Monday afternoon. It was the last of Scotland's motorways to be opened after the transport network was brought to a standstill by severe weather two days ago.
Police were still advising drivers against travelling and temperatures again plummeted overnight, with Edinburgh recording -14C and Glasgow dropping to -13C.
source: BBC News
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
The Highways Agency have published this advice as very low temperatures and snow continue to affect the country.
'While the severe weather continues, road users are advised to take extra care because of the risk of ice forming on road surfaces. Despite the severe weather, all motorways are open, as are the vast majority of the other strategic roads we operate. Our winter fleet continues to lay salt and remove lying snow around the clock to keep these routes available for use.
However with exceptionally low temperatures forecast, the Highways Agency is advising drivers to take extra care because of the risk of ice forming on road surfaces. While salt is very effective at reducing the risk of ice formation, at very low temperatures there can still be a risk of black ice on road surfaces even when salt has been spread. Drivers are advised to pay particular care at locations where local conditions such as road gradients, bends or overhanging trees mean that there may be an increased risk of ice. There is still a need to drive with care, even after road surfaces have been treated.
While the severe weather continues, drivers are advised by the Highways Agency to check their route and the weather forecast before setting out, and to take extra care if they decide to travel where there is a risk of snow or ice. In the worst affected areas, if a journey is not essential, then road users should consider whether to delay setting out until local conditions improve.
Continuous salt treatment and snow ploughing is being carried out on the strategic road network in England. Where incidents have occurred, our traffic officers and maintenance teams are working with the Police to re-open routes as soon as it is safe to do so.
Road users who decide to travel are advised to check road conditions and the weather forecast for their planned route. Listen to travel bulletins on the radio and take a severe weather emergency kit including warm clothes, food, water, boots, a torch and spade for snow. When driving leave sufficient distance between vehicles so you can stop safely.'
To visit the Highways Agency website for advice and links to 'breaking news' items click here...
source: Highways Agency
Three Scottish police forces have warned motorists not to travel in the central belt after hundreds of drivers spent the night stranded in their cars.
Strathclyde Police, Central Scotland Police and Lothian and Borders Police asked people not to venture out "unless absolutely essential".
Heavy snow and freezing temperatures caused the country's transport network to ground to a halt. More than a third of Scotland's schools have again been closed. About 900 schools are closed and more than 200,000 children are away from classes.
There are blanket closures in place across the whole of the Strathclyde region.
Many drivers were stuck overnight on the M8 after heavy snow caused severe disruption to the route between Glasgow with Edinburgh.
Traffic was also brought to a standstill on the M80 in central Scotland, with drivers advised to stay with their vehicles.
Some drivers were stuck overnight in their vehicles on the M8, M80 and A80. HGV driver Fraser Brown told BBC Scotland he had spent more than 13 hours in "nightmare" gridlock after setting out on the M8 from Livingston.