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Things ARE slowly coming back to The New Normal

Sunday afternoon tea; outside; with friends. A lovely bit of normality.

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Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour redevelopment completed for 50th anniversary.

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The major £2m redevelopment of award-winning Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour will be completed in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the Beaulieu River marina.

Half a century since it was opened by Edward, Lord Montagu with round the world yachtsman Sir Chay Blyth CBE, BEM, the new-look marina contains 66 additional berths, many of which have already been allocated to new customers.

A celebration is being planned for Saturday 1st May to mark the milestone completion, with some of the original guests from the 1971 launch – and will go ahead virtually if guests are not able to meet in person.

The reconfiguration and extension of the marina has taken place over two winter phases in order to secure the marina’s future as one of the most desired locations, while keeping pace with modern boating demands for bigger berths, more convenient walk-ashore pontoons and improved facilities.

Beaulieu Enterprises’ Managing Director Russell Bowman said: “We are very pleased to mark this significant moment in the history of the Beaulieu River. It is fitting that the redevelopment should be completed in our golden anniversary year and we look forward to a bright future, with new and improved facilities while maintaining the charm of the river which has made it so popular over the last 50 years.”

The private custodianship of the Montagu family has protected the Beaulieu River for over four centuries, as one of the few privately owned rivers in the world. The redevelopment has been undertaken in a sustainable way and applied the same concept as the original designs. As much of the old infrastructure as possible has been refurbished and reused to maintain the unique character of the special area. New construction work was awarded to Fareham-based Walcon Marine which carried out the original build, with James Walters taking over the helm from his late father Robin.

Mr Bowman added: “It has been a pleasure working with Walcon Marine, which shares our vision of creating the highest quality marina for our customers. My thanks also go to Gosport-based specialist marina consultancy Marina Projects, who designed the new marina and has since project managed the redevelopment for us.”

As a key appeal of the Beaulieu River remains its natural beauty, tranquillity and scenic New Forest location, the redevelopment has included a new black water pump-out facility as well as a new wash down area, enabling pressure washing to be undertaken in an environmentally sensitive manner. Beaulieu Enterprises Ltd has worked with agencies including Natural England and the Environment Agency to ensure the protection of the river’s unique habitats and species.

The improvements include 66 new marina berths, including larger berths to suit vessels up to 18m, as well as upgraded electrical services, improved WiFi and a new dedicated visitor area. The new visitor area opened last summer and has already proved popular with sailors eager to escape to the jewel of the Solent at the gateway to the New Forest.

Harbour Master Wendy Stowe said: “We’ve always been committed to providing a friendly and personal service to all of our visitors and that’s particularly important to us in these uncertain times. We are proud of the Beaulieu River community and can’t wait to celebrate our anniversary with berth holders and visitors when we open our new facilities.”

The redevelopment is part of a continuing programme of improvements at the yacht harbour, which was awarded The Yacht Harbour Association’s coveted Coastal Marina of the Year (for under 250 berths) trophy in 2018/19, then named runner-up in The British Yachting Awards’ Marina of the Year category in 2020.

Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour has a long track record of giving a personal and outstanding service to its customers. Full marina services, an open policy boatyard and chandlery are offered, along with a range of benefits. A restaurant, bar and tea shop are on the doorstep at the 18th century shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard, with its Maritime Museum.

For moorings and berths see www.beaulieuriver.co.uk, email harbour.office@beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 616200.

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Industry needs showrooms to open at the earliest possible moment.

SOURCE: SMMT – Mike Hawes, Chief Executive.

Whilst the service and repair sector has been operating throughout lockdown, retailers have remained closed for all but click and collect during the majority of January, and, off the back of a £20.4 billion loss in revenue for the sector last year, the news that new car registrations fell by -39.5% last month highlights the incredibly tough environment in which the automotive industry is operating.

The last time January sales were this low was in 1970 and, with March fast approaching, the need to reopen car showrooms at the earliest opportunity is clear. While the current lockdown is absolutely necessary to suppress the virus, with the vaccine rollout gathering pace hopefully to get us out of lockdown, the industry needs a pathway to reopening. Retail showrooms are Covid-secure. They are usually large premises with high ceilings and low footfall, often managing customers on an appointment basis. Click and collect is helping but this cannot be a long-term substitute for the showroom experience.

Lifting the shutters will help secure the jobs and livelihoods of our workers, re-energise the consumer demand needed to support our manufacturing and enable us to continue on the Road to Zero by getting more of the latest electrified vehicles onto our roads.

Indeed, despite the overall downturn in January, battery electric vehicle (BEV) uptake grew by 54.4% to take 6.9% of the market, as the number of available models almost doubled from 22 in January 2019 to 40 this year. Combined, BEVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) accounted for 13.7% of registrations last month and there was good news too for commercial vehicles, which saw 2.0% growth.

SMMT analysis also released this week showed that 2020 recorded the largest ever fall in average car CO2 emissions, spurred on by increased uptake of BEV, PHEV and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). In fact, more than half of all BEVs registered in the past two decades were registered in 2020 alone. Combined with ongoing improvements to petrol and diesel engines, average vehicle CO2 dropped to 112.8g/km – a reduction of -11.8% compared to 2019 and -37.7% compared to 2000.

There can be no let-up in the pace of environmental improvement, however, as the industry must achieve a UK-only CO2 fleet average target of 95g/km this year or face severe penalties. This underscores the need to get showrooms open as soon as it is safe to do so; we must generate the demand required to reach the country’s green goals. Every day that showrooms can safely open will matter, especially with the critical month of March looming.

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Williams Advanced Engineering and OXIS collaborate in marine sector.

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  • Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) is collaborating with OXIS Energy to provide the world’s first battery system for a luxury electric boat
  • Combining their industrial expertise, the two companies are working together for the advancement of a greener, cleaner world
  • WAE will design and build a state-of-the-art 400kWh battery system using lithium-sulfur cell technology from OXIS Energy – a world first for luxury boats
  • The modular, high-energy density system has potential for all sizes of zero emission marine craft and is applicable to a number of other sectors including aerospace, aviation, urban air mobility, transportation, marine and defence
  • The first public viewing of the boat is planned at the Monaco Boat show in 2021

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) is working with fellow Oxfordshire-based firm, OXIS Energy Ltd, on the production of a world-first battery system, designed for an all-new 40ft electric luxury boat.

The craft, from Yachts de Luxe (YdL) of Singapore and designed by the renowned boat designer, Jean Jacques Coste, will be the world’s first ever luxury boat to be powered by Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) cell and battery systems technology. The objective is to achieve a range between 70 and 100 nautical miles at cruising speed – setting new standards for range in electric boats.

WAE will be responsible for the state-of-the-art 400 kWh battery system, which comprises ultra-light, high-power/high energy density Li-S cells – provided by OXIS Energy Ltd, – and the battery management system (BMS). The design and manufacture of the cell modules, the BMS and its installation will be carried out by WAE at its dedicated battery facility in Grove.

High performance batteries and BMS are core to WAE’s business. The company was the original supplier of batteries to the entire grid of FIA Formula E World Championship cars in 2014, a relationship that has been revived for 2022-23 season with WAE being awarded the exclusive contract to supply the Gen3 battery system. WAE also supplies battery systems to ETCR and Extreme-E.

As well as having high gravimetric energy density and low predicted costs, the Li-S cells are a safer option for electric marine applications. Furthermore, OXIS’ Li-S technology contains no toxic or rare earth materials in the make-up of its cell technology, making it a safe option for open water transportation. At the end of life, the materials used in the Li-S cells can be disposed of without damaging the environment.

The latest programme celebrates a history of collaborations between Williams Advanced Engineering and OXIS designed to revolutionise the rechargeable battery market including a UK funded, Lithium Sulfur Future Automotive Battery (LiS:FAB) project and the ALISE programme; a pan European collaboration focused on the development and commercial scale-up of new materials and understanding electrochemical processes involved in Lithium Sulfur technology.

“We’re extremely proud to be involved in this exciting initiative which we believe showcases the way in which the UK is positioning itself to be at the forefront of this emerging market. In addition, the application has relevance for a number of additional sectors including aerospace, aviation, urban air mobility, transportation and defence” said Craig Wilson, Managing Director, WAE.

“As an organisation, WAE has huge expertise in the design, development and assembly of advanced battery systems, including a number of applications in the highly demanding world of motorsport. These lightweight, high performance electrification skills have also been applied to other sectors and we are looking forward to working with OXIS Energy to further explore the potential in the marine sector” said Iain Wight, Director, Business Development, WAE.

Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO, OXIS Energy, added, ““Williams has a significant level of battery technology expertise and skills across the range of vehicle applications. This expertise, combined with OXIS’s world leading Centre of Expertise in Lithium Sulfur, gives vehicle manufacturers, on land, sea and in the air the confidence to engage with our next generation of rechargeable battery technology, with the necessary assurance to achieve their desired mission profile, at a high level of performance and safety – far in excess than what current technology offers.”

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Spending review.

Source: Dom Browne from Transport Review.

Infrastructure gets pride of place in Spending Review

Dom Browne 25 November 2020

The chancellor Rishi Sunak used to the 2020 Spending Review to launch a new strategy for UK infrastructure, supported by an infrastructure bank and a place-based ‘levelling up’ fund.

The Government’s comprehensive national infrastructure strategy, released today, will be supported by  £27bn of public funding next year, with the Spending Review 2020 ‘delivering £100bn total investment in 2021-22 to support the recovery’.

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The strategy is based ‘around three central objectives: economic recovery, levelling up and unleashing the potential of the Union, and meeting the UK’s net zero emissions target by 2050’, government officials said.

‘These objectives will be supported by the creation of a new infrastructure bank to catalyse private investment in projects across the UK; as well as through a comprehensive set of reforms to the way infrastructure is delivered.’

Mr Sunak revealed that the bank would be headquartered in the North of England ‘and will work with the private sector to finance major new investment projects across the UK starting this spring’.

The bank will also be able to lend to local and mayoral authorities for key infrastructure projects, and provide them with advice on developing and financing infrastructure.

He also announced a new ‘levelling up’ fund worth £4bn in England and up to £0.8bn for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland under the Barnett Formula.

‘It will be open to all local areas in England and prioritise bids to drive growth and regeneration in places in need, those facing particular challenges, and areas that have received less government investment in recent years. The Government will set out further details on how to support levelling up across the UK in the New Year,’ Treasury officials said.

Local areas can bid for up to £20m from the fund, which will be managed jointly between the Treasury, the Department for Transport and the communities department, MHLG.

The chancellor said it would take ‘a new, holistic place-based approach to local areas’.

‘Projects must have real impact, must be delivered in this parliament and they must command local support including from their member of parliament. This is about funding the infrastructure of everyday life, a new bypass, upgraded railway stations, less traffic, new libraries, museums and galleries, better high streets.’

The Spending Review also confirms multi-year funding certainty for existing projects such as school and hospital rebuilding, and flagship transport schemes.

Treasury officials said they were targeting ‘additional investment in areas which will improve the UK’s competitiveness in the long-term, backing new investments in cutting-edge research and clean energy sources of the future’.


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Tailgating – incidents are declining.

  • The number of reported accidents in Great Britain when following too close was a contributory factor fell to 3,584 over one year, latest official figures reveal
  • It means that tailgating accidents have halved over last five years
  • Leading driving experience provider TrackDays.co.uk welcomes the huge fall

The number of reported road accidents when following too close to another vehicle was a contributory factor has almost halved in just five years, according to analysis by TrackDays.co.uk of official government figures.

Indeed, the figures from the Department for Transport highlight that the reported accidents when following too close was a contributory factor have dropped dramatically by 48% year-on-year, from 7,023 in 2015 to just 3,582 in 2019, the latest year for which full figures are available.

It is one of the largest percentage drops of all the contributory causes of accidents caused by an injudicious action, which means due to a lack of judgement.

Dan Jones, operations manager at TrackDays.co.uk, said: “It’s very welcome to see such a dramatic drop in the number of reported accidents when following too close was a contributory factor.

“It could be due to a number of factors, perhaps most importantly though advanced safety features on modern cars, such as adaptive cruise control which help keep a safe distance from the car in front. But it would also be nice to think that drivers are now calmer and more considerate to their fellow road users.”

Meanwhile, more welcome news highlighted how the number of reported accidents when travelling too fast for the conditions was a contributory factor was also on a long-term decline, showing a significant decrease from 7,361 in 2015 to 4,666 in 2019, a decrease of 36%.

Additionally, there are also fewer reported accidents when disobeying automatic traffic signals, and disobeying ‘Give Way’ or ‘Stop’ signs and markings was a contributory factor.

Dan added: “Brits do appear to be becoming safer motorists in certain areas of driving, which has to be good news for all road users.”

For more information about TrackDays.co.uk, which offers a variety of driver training courses, including Young Driver Training for juniors aged 10 – 17, visit www.trackdays.co.uk.

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The Green Agenda – PM outlines 10 point plan for green revolution

SOURCE: Dom Browne, Highways Magazine

The prime minister has outlined a 10 point plan for a ‘green industrial revolution’ including bringing forward a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030.

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New hybrid cars and vans will be sold until 2035.

‘The plan will mobilise £12bn of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK, and spur over three times as much private sector investment by 2030,’ officials said.

With transport now the worst sector for greenhouse gases – accounting for 28% of domestic emissions – the Government has also pledged a wider investment in the electric car network as well as a commitment to active travel.

A £1.3bn fund has been allocated to the rollout of public electric vehicle chargepoints in homes, streets and on motorways across England – although at least £500m of this was already announced in the March Budget.

The Government also appears to have boosted its consumer incentive for those buying ultra-low emission vehicles by £50m, with £582m now allocated for grants up from £532 in March.

There will also be £500m over the next four years for the development and mass-scale production of electric vehicle batteries, as part of an existing £1bn commitment to provide up to boosting the UK’s manufacturing base.

The ten points, which are designed around ‘the UK’s strengths’, are:

  1. Offshore wind: Producing enough offshore wind to power every home, quadrupling how much we produce to 40GW by 2030, supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
  2. Hydrogen: Up to £500m for first trialling hydrogen homes, then a hydrogen neighbourhood in 2023 and a hydrogen village by 2025, with the aim of creating a hydrogen town of tens of thousands of homes before the end of the decade. Of this cash, £240m will go into new production facilities to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.
  3. Nuclear: Advancing nuclear as a clean energy source with £525m to help develop large and smaller-scale nuclear plants, and research and develop new advanced modular reactors.
  4. Electric vehicles: Backing the UK’s manufacturing bases including in the West Midlands, North East and North Wales to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure.
  5. Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport of the future.
  6. Jet Zero and greener maritime: £20m for a competition to develop clean maritime technology, such as feasibility studies on key sites, as well as support for creating zero-emission planes and ships. 
  7. Homes and public buildings: £1bn next year to make new and existing homes and public buildings more efficient as part of Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, extending the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme by a year and a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.
  8. Carbon capture: An extra £200m of new funding to create two carbon capture clusters by the mid-2020s, with another two set to be created by 2030. This increases the total invested to £1bn, with the ambition of becoming a world-leader in the technology in order to remove 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030, equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber today. 
  9. Nature: Protecting and restoring the natural environment, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year.
  10. Innovation and finance: Developing the cutting-edge technologies needed to reach these new energy ambitions and make the City of London the global centre of green finance.

Boris Johnson said: ‘Although this year has taken a very different path to the one we expected, I haven’t lost sight of our ambitious plans to level up across the country. My 10 point plan will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050.

‘Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future.’

The Government will also launch a consultation on how to phase out new diesel HGVs, although no date has been set yet.

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Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety

Constituency Road Safety Dashboard – launched today

Today (19th November), the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Transport Safety will meet with Roads Minister Baroness Vere to discuss the government’s policy on road safety.  
 

To coincide with this, PACTS and Agilysis have launched the Constituency Road Safety Dashboard. This provides unique information about all reported casualties and the other vehicles involved for each GB parliamentary constituency. With clear tables, maps and graphics, users can filter for particular information. It has been constructed by Agilysis for PACTS and is designed to assist MP’s. It is available online, free to everybody. 
 

It provides similar information, at a constituency level, to that published recently in the PACTS report. Conventional analysis focuses on casualty numbers, based on injured road user. The dashboard shows the other “conflicting” vehicles involved. This is important as the percentage of vulnerable road users injured on the roads is increasing and the government is promoting active travel. The new Dashboard is therefore a unique insight constituency into the road danger, particularly for pedestrians, pedal cyclists and motorcyclists.

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The Ten Years of the Nissan Leaf

  • Government announces end of sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in ten years’ time
  • Nissan LEAF started its electric journey ten years ago, setting a template for electric vehicle success
  • 92% of European LEAF drivers would recommend driving an EV to friends and family
  • Consumer interest in EV rapidly gathering momentum with UK registrations up 168% in 2020

With a ten-year countdown to the end of new petrol and diesel car sales announced today, Nissan EV owners are already celebrating their own decade of change with the pioneering Nissan LEAF.

Unveiled in 2010 and first on sale in the UK a year later, the LEAF set the template for zero emission vehicles. Today, 92% of European LEAF drivers say they would recommend driving an electric vehicle to family and friends.

Over half a million LEAFs have been sold worldwide, with the 500,000th model rolling off the UK production line in Sunderland in September this year.

A Nissan spokesperson said: “Our success with the British-built LEAF shows just how quickly customers embrace electric vehicles once they’ve experienced them.

“No more shivering in a cold petrol station to refuel your vehicle on a Friday evening in the rain – just drive home and plug in overnight. Once you experience these little pleasures of EV ownership, you won’t want to go back.”

As the first mass-market electric vehicle, LEAF led the way in establishing the foundation for modern EVs. With an innovative approach to electrified mobility, Nissan LEAF is helping customers, cities and governments achieve a more sustainable future.

Battery technology developed for the LEAF is helping to power homes and businesses, including the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, and Nissan EV technology is at the heart of pioneering UK trials of vehicle-to-grid energy management services.

Meanwhile, EV sales are rocketing in the UK, with battery electric vehicle registrations increasing by 168% from Jan-end October, compared to the same period in 2019[i], as more buyers than ever switch on to the benefits of zero emission motoring.

10 insights from Nissan’s first electric vehicle decade with LEAF: 

  1. LEAF achieved a number of ‘firsts’

As the world’s first mass-market EV, LEAF has secured unprecedented achievements. In 2011, it was the first-ever EV to win the European Car of the Year award in the 47-year history of the prize.

  1. LEAF’s power has more than doubled

On average, LEAF’s battery capacity and range have increased by 160% and 120% respectively.[ii] These increases have ultimately boosted customers’ confidence on the road. Today, LEAF offers more than double the original power, enhancing the electrified driving experience.

  1. LEAF is about all new technologies

LEAF introduced unprecedented technologies that helped drivers optimise efficiency, including the innovative e-Pedal for one-pedal driving, regenerative braking and Eco-Mode. LEAF paved the way for future Nissan EVs, such as the new Nissan Ariya all-electric coupé crossover.

  1. Since LEAF’s arrival, public charging infrastructure is growing fast

The number of public charging points increased hugely over LEAF’s life, from 2,379 in the EU in 2011, to 213,367 today[iii]. Nissan supports this infrastructure growth across Europe, having helped expand 20 of the EU’s charging point ‘corridors’.

  1. LEAF customers are happy drivers

92% of European LEAF drivers would recommend driving an EV to friends and family.[iv] With expert support offered by Nissan and at dealerships, customers continue to feel satisfied and happy about owning and living with a LEAF.

  1. Once you drive a LEAF you don’t lose the spark

As a result of all-round satisfaction with their electrified experience, 74% of LEAF owners say they are likely to purchase another EV in the future. 

  1. Electric mobility created new services for customers

As LEAF developed, so did a wider customer experience. This included the development of the Nissan Charge app that allows EV owners to monitor price and availability of charging points in real-time – including those at Nissan dealerships.

  1. Each LEAF’s life is very efficient

Electric cars, like Nissan LEAF, are highly efficient. From the start of production process, through the end of an EVs lifecycle, they generate up to 80% less CO2 than equivalent combustion-engine cars[v]. As its technology and design is refined, the sustainability of LEAF is increasing, helping achieve a cleaner future.

  1. LEAF batteries have more than one life

EV batteries can be repurposed and recycled. 148 batteries helped to create the world’s largest energy storage system at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff Arena in 2018.

  1. LEAF batteries are safe and reliable

LEAF batteries have proven to be extremely durable, without any critical incidents reported to Nissan since its launch in 2010 and 180,000 units sold in Europe and counting. LEAF comes with an industry-leading, 8-year / 160,000km battery warranty – with an extremely low number of warranty claims.

Join Nissan’s ‘Electrify the World’ movement by following on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and by using the hashtag #ElectrifyTheWorld.

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