By https://fleetworld.co.uk in General Articles, Blogging | 31st October 2018
The chancellor has unveiled an anticipated £30bn to improve roads in England, helped by the first-ever ring-fenced funding from Vehicle Excise Duty.
This includes a £28.8bn National Roads Fund, including £25.3bn for the Strategic Road Network (motorways, trunk and A roads) said to be the largest ever investment of this kind, and backed up by VED funding; as announced in 2015 by former chancellor George Osborne and back in the headlines more recently with the news that councils could also get a share of the funding.
The Government said the fund would “provide long-term certainty for roads investment, including the new major roads network and large local major roads schemes, such as the North Devon Link Road”.
The fund will also be used to support the new network of local roads (known as the Major Road Network), and larger local road projects. Local authorities will receive £420m to fix potholes on roads and renew bridges and tunnels, and there will be a £150m to improve local traffic hotspots such as roundabouts.
The news was welcomed by organisations including LeasePlan UK. Managing director Matt Dyer said: “Back in the July Budget of 2015, George Osborne reformed Vehicle Excise Duty so that all the monies raised would go towards improving the country’s road network. With the £28.8bn confirmed in today’s Budget, Philip Hammond is simply delivering on that policy – but we’re grateful to him for that, as well as for the additional £420 million he’s found for filling in potholes. The UK’s road infrastructure is ranked just 26th in the world, well behind comparable economies, so this extra spending is a necessity not a luxury.”
However, the Freight Transport Association highlighted research that indicates a much bigger sum would be needed to get England’s roads fully functioning; the Asphalt Industry Alliance has calculated that more than £8bn would be needed to carry out a one-time catch-up to bring local roads in En...
By Neal Hewitt in General Articles, Blogging | 28th September 2018
An action packed Torbay Business Festival is set to draw over 500 business people through the doors at the Riviera Centre on Thursday 11th October – with upto 70 exhibitors, an impressive line-up of speakers, speednetworking plus the opportunity to win a BMW for the weekend.
With the aim of bringing businesses together, the event has been organised by Torbay Business Forum and is sponsored by the Torbay Development Agency and Bays Brewery.
Said TBF Chair Steve Reynolds; “This is the third year we are holding this major business event and the excitement is growing for what should be a great day. The Festival is a great way to celebrate the diverse companies that flourish in Torbay.
“There will be up to 70 exhibitors in the main Forum from many different sectors including recruitment, construction, media, tourism, solicitors, accountants, taxi firms and flower shops”, continued Steve, “and top of this, we have some fantastic speakers who will be talking on the hour for half an hour. It is free entry for anyone interested in business”.
The morning speakers include Jim Parker from the Herald Express who will talk about ‘Torbay Together’ before Carolyn Custerson from the English Riviera BID Company gives a Tourism update. Award winning, Brixham based Flossy and Jim will present their engaging talk and top business tips at 11am.
From noon there will be a Speednetworking event, run by Barry Cole from The Resultant – a great way to meet many new people in a short space of time.
The afternoon’s line-up includes Russell Beck from Impellam Group Plc, giving a thought-provoking talk on the Future of Work before Julie Hawker from Cosmic shares Digital Media tips to boost your business.
In between the presentations, people can visit the exhibitor stands and enjoy networking with other local businesses. There will also be a Bays Brewery sponsored reception as the exhibition officially ends at 4pm.
Festival Team Leader, Alison Benney, said; “The TBF te...
By Neal Hewitt in General Articles, Blogging | 20th June 2018
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By Simple Car Hire in General Articles, Blogging | 29th April 2018
The 5008 is stylish, practical and good to drive. It's one of the best seven-seat SUVs you can Rent.
Whether you like it or not, the popularity of SUVs has gone through the roof in the past decade. No longer do Renters want frumpy-looking MPVs; luxury, refinement and stylish looks are now the order of the day.
Peugeot is well aware of this and, instead of ignoring market demands like some French brands (see the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso and Renault Grand Scenic), has embraced it. The original 5008 was a traditional, boxy MPV but this current-generation model is quite firmly in the SUV camp and is a rival to the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail .
Like its smaller sibling, the 3008, the 5008 has a rather swish interior that, next to the functional dashboards of its rivals, makes it look like a motor show concept.
Peugeot’s i-Cockpit dashboard design works well in the 5008. Instead of looking at the instruments through the steering wheel, as you do in most cars, the dials are high up on the dashboard, with a small steering wheel below.
Seeing out of the 5008 is about as easy as it gets in modern SUVs. You sit high and, even though the front pillars are quite thick, you still get a great view forward. Looking behind, your over-the-shoulder view is great because of the large rear quarter windows.
You get lots of features with the 5008’s infotainment system. All versions come with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay, inbuilt sat-nav with live TomTom traffic updates and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. That last feature means you can display and use selected apps from your phone on the 8.0in screen, including sat-nav. Focal premium sound system adds more speakers that are also better-quality, including a subwoofer, plus a 515W amplifier. It sounds punchy and really rather good.
At night, the interior is bathed in a cultivated glow from the all-round ambient lighting. It looks truly special and makes the 5008 a fantastic place in which...