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More good news for the transport and construction sectors as the Department of Transport has agreed to fund a new bridge that will improve links to three of the West Midlands’ economic powerhouses.
Construction of the new A45 South Bridge in Solihull is due to start after the government agreed to provide over £8 million in funding.
The transport link currently carries 50,000 vehicles per day; the new bridge is set to improve travel for these individuals.
The structure itself will …Read more
Balfour Beatty’s UK construction business has announced the award of £75 million towards the A63 Castle Street Hull improvement scheme under an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) design and build contract.
It aims to improve journey times
The 1.5 kilometre scheme in the centre of Hull will improve journey times for road users through conversion of a major interchange into a split level junction with a two-lane dual carriageway carrying east-west traffic below north-south traffic …Read more
Drivers of diesel vehicles could be charged around £10 to enter central London as a new initiative to cut air pollution is launched.
The plans announced by London Mayor, Boris Johnson, will see pre-Euro-6 diesel cars and vans pay an extra £10 for entry to the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in London by 2020. This levy would be on top of the current £11.50 congestion charge for driving into the centre of the capital.
Only diesel vehicles meeting the Euro 6 emissions standard …Read more
Even during the time of a recovering recession there are many Brits striving to set up their own businesses.
The majority of start-up ventures, whether they are large or small, face many obstacles when setting up a business and the most common issue facing them stem from funding. More than half of SMEs and business start-ups seeking funding are rejected the first time around.
However, today Chancellor George Osborne presents an initiative to make it easier for small businesses to find …Read more
Europe's long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank, has agreed to provide £100m support investment to UK based small and medium sized companies (SMEs) over the next two years.
The dedicated lending programme, that includes a matching contribution from Societe Generale Equipment Finance, is expected to help firms invest in transport, high-tech and industrial equipment by providing lower cost financing for up to eight years.
It’s hoped that this new lending …Read more
A unique project which rewards people for deciding to make energy saving improvements to their home has seen more than £43 million worth of vouchers issued in its first six weeks and well over £50 million applied for.
It appears more and more homeowners are looking to do their bit for the planet and the starting point for a lot of people is making environmentally friendly changes to their home.
In fact, the incredible public and industry response to the government’s Green …Read more
Changes to a 50 year-old speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads in England and Wales could bring a massive lift to the haulage industry.
Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) over 7.5 tonnes are currently stuck at 40 mph on single carriageway roads, a speed limit set in the 1960s. However, the new plans will see the speed limit raised to 50mph with the government estimating an £11 million total boost for hauliers.
The plans are part of a package of measures to cut congestion, …Read more
Businesses and outdoor workers are being advised to prepare for severe weather conditions this weekend, which could cause flash flooding and large hailstorms.
There are also continued warnings about a potential heatwave as hot air from the continent is set to move north to the UK over the coming days, with the possibility for parts of the south east to see temperatures in the low 30s Celsius.
Widespread heavy thunderstorms
However, Met Office meteorologists are keeping a very close eye on …Read more
It’s not uncommon to get frustrated at the speed of your internet connection, but when it begins to affect the running of business operations for a company it becomes a whole different problem.
Businesses need high speed broadband to compete and expand. This is especially important for smaller businesses that may be looking to compete with larger organisations and push themselves into new markets.
That’s why a new study by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) that shows an …Read more
Ground-breaking plans have been unveiled by councils which would provide 500,000 new homes needed for hard-pressed families by the end of the decade.
The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, is calling for the new houses to be built to help tackle the rising number of householders priced out of getting on the housing ladder.
The latest government figures show that 221,000 new homes are needed every year, however currently, based on …Read more