Road Safety Foundation supports “Safe Roads for All” report.

The Road Safety Foundation is backing the Safe Roads for All report released today by an alliance of road safety experts and organisations. The group urges Government to launch a robust and far-reaching Road Safety Strategy that addresses safe and healthy mobility as well as preventing death and serious injuries on our roads and streets.

The report proposes actions to improve the safety of roads, vehicles and drivers alongside providing better support for road victims. It calls for Government to: 

  1. Adopt a long-term, ethical goal of zero deaths and serious injuries and a target of a 50% reduction in deaths and serious injuries in crashes by 2030, which is the target of the global Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 supported by the World Health Organisation and UN resolutions.
  2. Upgrade roads to reduce risk and provide facilities to support healthier travel choices for young and old alike.Prioritising traffic-free space for people cycling and walking that also connects us to good public transport, as well as 20mph limits in urban areas, and measures that protect us in vehicles, such as crash barriers and junction design, including a focus on local roads between places.
  3. Make vehicle safety and emission standards world-leading including putting into UK law vehicle safety regulations recently adopted in the European Union.
  4. Help drivers to be safe, through measures such as phased driver licensing and a lowered drink drive limit, giving police the power to stop and test for impairment, and rules for businesses using fleets of vehicles and gig-economy workers.
  5. Help road victims, through increased funding for the National Road Victim Service, which supports bereaved and injured families.

The report also calls for two new bodies to be established in Government: a Road Collision Investigation and Safety Standards Agency, to investigate crashes and inform and develop standards (similar to existing agencies for aviation and rail safety); and a Road Safety Board, to set goals and targets and direct actions needed to be undertaken by the Department for Transport, Local Authorities and other agencies.  

Its proposals emphasise that the savings to Government, society and the planet from measures in our cities, towns and villages and on our rural roads far outstrip the costs. Measures like safer infrastructure delivered through cycleways and footways, safe crossings, crash barriers and safer junctions can prevent death and serious injury and are very cost effective.

Safe Roads for All highlights that the Government’s own figures estimate a ‘value of prevention’ of crashes alone of £33.5bn, including medical and ambulance costs, police costs, lost output (e.g., ability to work), and human impact (such as pain, shock and grief). The report refers to the Road Safety Foundation’s Building Back Safer – making roads fit for 2030, published earlier this year, which suggests that for every £1 the Government spends on safer road infrastructure, £3.70 could be saved. 

Dr Suzy Charman, Executive Director of the Road Safety Foundation and co-author of the report said: “Safe Roads for All is about providing roads and streets that meet the needs of everyone in society: young children on the school run; hauliers moving goods; commuters getting to work; and older adults engaging with their communities. It is so important that people are safe and feel safe so that we can all be better connected and enjoy the benefits of healthy and active travel.

“This alliance is calling on Government to be bold and adopt a long-term vision for safe and healthy mobility that moves us away from the status quo and drives us towards a vision of roads and streets free from death and serious injury – making road travel as safe as travel by rail and air. To get there, greater funding will be needed for road authorities (national and local), where the case for investment in safer road infrastructure really stacks up.”

Safe Roads for All is available here:

Christopher Macgowan


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INEOS Grenadier at Goodwood.

The INEOS Grenadier made its first ever run up the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s iconic hillclimb, with the support of the wider INEOS family. The new 4×4 was accompanied by a peloton of cyclists from the INEOS Grenadiers cycling team.

Among those representing the INEOS Grenadiers cycling team in the peloton were British Olympic gold medallist, Owain Doull, emerging Belgian star Laurens De Plus, and British road race champion, Ben Swift. Taking the Grenadier up the hill – Esteban Gutiérrez, driving on behalf of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.

As well as its first dynamic show outing, this was also the first public viewing of the Grenadier’s newly unveiled production interior.

“It’s great to be at the Festival of Speed and to see the Grenadier on the hill – another milestone in our development programme,” said Mark Tennant, INEOS Automotive’s Commercial Director. “Clearly we weren’t looking to break any speed records, but we have been delighted with the opportunity to show the vehicle off, following hard on the heels of our reveal of the interior last week – and equally delighted at the reception we have had from Goodwood visitors.”

The interior of the INEOS Grenadier is designed on purpose, to deliver the space, practicality and versatility owners need from a hard-working 4X4. Starting from a clean sheet, the design also cleverly incorporates the modern technology and comfort expected of a vehicle for the 2020s and beyond.


Contact details:
Sarah Pelling, Head of PR, INEOS Automotive
+44 (0) 7887 451773

About INEOS Grenadier
In 2017, INEOS Chairman Jim Ratcliffe, a car enthusiast and experienced adventurer, identified a gap in the market for a stripped back, utilitarian, hard-working 4×4 engineered for modern day compliance and reliability. INEOS Automotive Limited was formed and a senior team of automotive professionals assembled to bring the vision to reality with a fresh perspective of 4×4 development and manufacturing.

Combining rugged British spirit and design with German engineering rigour, the Grenadier will be a truly uncompromising 4×4 built from the ground up. Engineered to overcome all conditions, it will provide best-in-class off-road capability, durability, and reliability to those who depend on a vehicle as a working tool, wherever they are in the world.

INEOS Automotive is a subsidiary of INEOS Group (, a leading manufacturer of petrochemicals, speciality chemicals and oil products. It employs 22,000 people across 34 businesses, with a production network spanning 183 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries. From paints to plastics, textiles to technology, medicines to mobile phones, materials manufactured by INEOS enhance almost every aspect of modern life. In 2019, INEOS had sales of circa $61bn and EBITDA of around $6bn.

To find out more about Grenadier, visit

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Beaulieu attraction revs up for full reopening | Newspress

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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, email or call 01590 616200.

Christopher Macgowan


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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.


  • 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.”

Christopher Macgowan


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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’.


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’.

Christopher Macgowan


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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 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 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, 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, which offers a variety of driver training courses, including Young Driver Training for juniors aged 10 – 17, visit

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