To coincide with this, PACTS and Agilysis have launched theConstituency 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Join us from Saturday October 24th to Sunday November 1st to celebrate all things miniature with our new exhibition “Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood” and brand new play area Little Beaulieu.
Grab a picnic blanket and get ready to enjoy a summer’s evening at Beaulieu in the New Forest as it hosts its first ever Park & Picnic.
All visitors are invited to drive into the Beaulieu visitor attraction, park-up within the museum grounds and enjoy a picnic in the parkland with live music and exclusive access to the Beaulieu attraction including the National Motor Museum and new adventure play area, Little Beaulieu.
Grab a hamper and soak up the atmosphere in the serenity of the Beaulieu grounds, for what promises to be a relaxing evening for the whole family to enjoy together. Although we expect to see some beautiful classic cars in attendance, this evening is open to all. The Beaulieu Park & Picnic evenings will take place on Thursday 13th August, Thursday 20th August and Thursday 27thAugust 2020 from 5pm until 8pm when the attraction will close.
With tickets strictly limited, those visiting will be able to enjoy exclusive evening access to the National Motor Museum that hosts one of the finest collections of cars, motorcycles and motoring memorabilia in the world. This now includes, ‘Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood’, a brand new exhibition which showcases more than 800 toy cars and pedal cars, and celebrates miniature motoring memories and much-loved playthings of the past.
To keep the younger ones busy, Little Beaulieu will remain open throughout the evening. This enchanting new adventure play area will allow younger visitors to burn off some steam, whilst parents can relax and enjoy live New Orleans style jazz music, performed by local group ‘Acoustic Jass’. Tunes by this dixieland jazz band range from well-known jazz and blues, to the great American songbook and popular tracks of the early twentieth century
For those wishing to unwind without the worry of packing a picnic, the Brabazon Restaurant will be open and offering take-away fish and chip suppers, freshly cooked pizza and a Ploughmans style picnic box (meat or vegetarian). The café will also be open for cold and hot drinks, light snacks and ice-creams.
Cars will be parked in the parkland surrounding the National Motor Museum with enough space to picnic alongside whilst ensuring adherence to social distancing. Since reopening to the general public on Saturday 4th July and following careful preparation and measures aimed at keeping both its visitors and staff safe, the Beaulieu attraction has been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard from Visit Britain. This means they are following Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines and have processes in place to ensure social distancing and cleanliness at all times.
Tickets for Thursday 13th August, Thursday 20th August and Thursday 27th August must be pre-booked online in advance. Entry is £28 per car and includes admission for 2 people. Additional passengers are £10 per adult and £5 per child (age 5 – 16), and under 5’s go free. Capacity for these new exclusive evenings at Beaulieu will be limited and sold on a first-come first-served basis.
DAVID BECKHAM is rumoured to own a vintage luxury car collection valued at $3,000,000, but this may have reduced slightly as one of them is now up for grabs on Auto Trader.
Golden Balls’ own Aston Martin AMV8 Volante is currently being advertised on Auto Trader, the UK’s largest digital marketplace for new and used cars, for a cool £445,000, via Aston Martin Works.
This beautiful vintage car comes in deep red, with cream leather interiors, deep pile carpets and burr walnut, as well as the sought-after X Pack engine. With a five-speed manual gearbox and 432hp, the V8 can do 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds, and a top speed of 168mph.
Previously registered under Beckham’s personal plate ‘DB1001’, the V8 Volante was often spotted by paparazzi in the UK. Immediately recognisable by its gleaming metallic paint, the V8 would be seen regularly cruising along West London’s streets.
The Beckhams held on to the Volante for 15 years before selling it in 2018. David even shipped it over to Madrid during his time with Real Madrid football club, showing a clear fondness for this particular model.
The Aston Martin AMV8 Volante is in pristine condition and was even showcased at the London Classic Car Show in February before lockdown. One of just 78 similar cars, it has been meticulously maintained by its previous owners and is ready for immediate sale.
Auto Trader’s Rory Reid says, “We know David Beckham is a bit of a petrolhead, owning cars ranging from Bentleys and Rolls-Royces to, of course, Aston Martins. This AMV8 Volante is a gorgeous classic so I’m not surprised he held on to it for so long. It’s cool to know someone in the public can now buy this car – well as long as you’ve got half a million spare of course – just by heading onto Auto Trader.”
Source: Ben Groundwater is my favourite travel writer at Fairfax Media traveller.com.au and his piece today could apply anywhere in the world as the pandemic makes local travel the only serious option for the foreseeable.
Dear regional Australia,
I’m sorry. I’m sorry on behalf of myself, and my fellow travel writers. I’m sorry on behalf of travel bloggers and social-media influencers. I’m sorry on behalf of Australian city-dwellers who maybe don’t get out as much as they should, who might previously have preferred to spend their annual leave and their tourism dollars on fancy trips to Europe, and the Americas, and Africa, and Antarctica.
Because we’re coming. With state borders closed and long-distance travel prohibitive, we’re all looking for somewhere to go, somewhere new, somewhere different – and the highway beckons.
We’re coming for you out in regional Australia, out as far as regional goes. We’re coming to drink at your pubs and eat at your cafes and stay in your B&Bs and peruse your shops and wander your streets. We’re coming to discover your offerings and experience your culture and report back on it to readers and followers and friends.
And we’re going to be a bit of a nightmare. We’re going to be condescending. We’re going to be naïve.
Oh wow, we’ll say. The coffee’s actually all right out here, isn’t it?
And isn’t this place just so charming? Isn’t this quaint? Isn’t Australia an amazing place?
This will be annoying for you on several levels. It will be annoying because most times you’ll hear all of this gushing praise and you’ll think, yeah, no kidding. This is an amazing place, and it’s been here all the time. You just never bothered to look. Plenty of locals and travellers alike don’t need to be told that there are great things in regional Australia.
It will also be annoying because these gushing five-star reviews will glamorise rural life. They will idealise the country Australian existence, reducing living in an isolated region to surprisingly good food and beautiful scenery and friendly folk in hats.
I grew up in regional Australia, in central Queensland, so I know that the rural existence is more complicated than that. Yes, it’s charming in some ways, but it’s soul-sapping in others. It can be a hard place to make a living. It can be a hard place to fit in if you’re different. It can be a hard place to find anything to do if you’re young and carefree and have a lot of time on your hands; boredom and frustration make people do funny things.
If you live in a rural area you already know this, and my reckoning is that you’re not really going to appreciate some writer or influencer swanning in and telling you what an idyllic existence you enjoy, and how it’s making them consider a tree change. Oh yeah, you’ll think – go ahead and try. (Or: please don’t.)
We’re coming, and we’re going to be annoying. You’ll notice a sense of discovery in the social media posts and the travel stories that will be floating around for the next few months. There will be no shame in these declarations that we’ve found something amazing that everyone else should see – something that plenty of others have been checking out for years now.
And despite every effort, I will be part of this pack. This week I’m heading out into regional NSW and Victoria. I’m visiting wine country in Murrumbateman and Beechworth. I’m sampling the restaurants. I’m hanging out in the towns.
And I will probably be the one raving about how amazing it is, how Australia’s tourism offering is first-class, how I can now understand why foreign tourists spend so much money getting over here and experiencing everything we have to offer. I’ll make no mention of the fact that this is all happening because I suddenly can’t go anywhere else. And that will be understandably painful to watch.
We will all be guilty of this in some way, professionals and tourists alike, even those just setting out on small road trip because that holiday to Bali is now off the cards.
So all I can say is: sorry. This is definitely a case of “better late than never”. We might be condescending and we might be glossing over any problems in regional Australia (or not staying long enough to notice them) but at least we’re making the effort. At least we’re taking the chance to see our own country and maybe understand a little bit more of it and send tourist dollars in the right direction.
This could be the start of something great, of Australians of all ages choosing to holiday closer to home, choosing to forgo all of the airports and the hassles and appreciating the product that is sometimes literally on our doorstep.
So you’ll forgive a few annoyances as we find our way.
We’re coming, and we’re going to be annoying. Photo: iStock
Transport investment in London is likely to fall significantly over the next few years, as Transport for London grapples with the long-term impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Public transport demand has plummeted, wrecking TfL’s financial plans, including the business plan for 2020/21-2024/25 published last December.
“It is unlikely, even with significant external support, that we will return to any similar plan or levels of investment in the medium-term,” Simon Kilonback, TfL’s chief finance officer, told the board last week.
TfL expects the collapse in travel demand to result in an overall income loss of more than £4bn this year.
Public transport revenues may not recover to pre-virus levels for years. TfL is also vulnerable to reduced income from business rates, which now provide it with much of its non-fare income. Kilonback described this as a “key income risk”.
Outgoing London transport commissioner Mike Brown told the board last week that TfL had been making good progress to reduce its operating deficit.
“Prior to the effect of coronavirus on our finances, the net cost of operations – our net deficit after taking into account financing and capital renewals costs – was on track to be almost £220m better than last year.”
Covid-19 cost TfL about £220m in the final weeks of the financial year up to 31 March – £183m from lost passenger income, and £28m of additional costs. This pushed TfL’s net cost of operations up to £423m.
TfL expects passenger revenues to be as much as £3.5bn lower than budget during 2020/21 because of Covid-19 and Kilonback told the board that the overall full-year income loss was “anticipated to be over £4.0bn”.
He said TfL had drawn up an emergency budget for 2020/21 “that assumes nearly £1bn of cost reduction/deferral over the period, and assumes we utilise around £1bn of our cash resources, leaving a funding gap of £1.9bn in the first half of the year and a full-year funding gap of £3.2bn”.
Last month the Government provided TfL with access to a £1.6bn extraordinary funding and financing package for the period up to 17 October (see below). A follow-on medium-term support package will then be put in place.
The initial support package comprises £1.095bn of grant and a loan facility of £505m from the Public Works Loan Board. The support can be increased by a further £300m of grant and loan if revenue losses are higher than forecast for this period.
TfL has taken steps to reduce costs, putting more than 7,000 workers onto the Government’s furlough scheme and releasing around 770 of non-permanent staff
Nevertheless, Kilonback said: “Despite having already taken a significant amount of cost out of the organisation, it is still costing TfL around £600m a month to run its network.”
The emergency budget assumed that Tube and bus services operate at 50 per cent and 80 per cent of normal levels respectively until the end of June. TfL has since agreed to increase service levels to near pre-Covid-19 levels as soon as possible as part of the funding agreement with Government.
TfL has now begun work on a revised emergency budget that will inform the negotiations with the Government over the financial support for the second half of the year. Board approval for the revised budget will be sought next month.
The original emergency budget includes “significant deferral of capital expenditure in order to reduce costs in the short-term”.
Projects that are still proceeding include:
the expansion of the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) up to the north and south circular roads;
the ongoing road user charging strategic options study. This is looking at whether distance driven, emissions, time and road danger can be incorporated into charges
the mayor’s air quality fund programme;
a temporary bridge for walking and cycling at Hammersmith to relieve Hammersmith Bridge;
the Surface Intelligent Transport System (SITS) programme;
ongoing work on rail devolution (at the DfT’s request), including Great Northern;
increasing train frequencies on the East London Line to 18 trains per hour; and
major projects including the Northern Line extension, Bank station capacity upgrade, the Silvertown Crossing and the Barking Riverside rail line.
What Shapps told TfL
Transport for London has released transport secretary Grant Shapps’ letter to London mayor Sadiq Khan, confirming the £1.6bn Covid-19 funding and financing package for TfL.
TfL’s emergency budget submitted to the Government predicted a shortfall for the period 1 April 2020 to 17 October 2020 of £1.9bn.
“Given the uncertainties in predicting demand this funding agreement assumes a shortfall for this period of £1.6bn,” said Shapps.
The transport secretary attached a number of conditions to the package, requiring TfL to:
• push forward “an ambitious active travel plan to promote cycling and walking, including new segregated cycle lanes, closures of roads to through traffic, and pavement extensions, utilising at least the £55m allocated in the support period. The detail of the plan will be agreed and overseen by a dedicated oversight group comprising TfL and Her Majesty’s Government”
• temporarily suspend free travel for Freedom Pass and 60 plus card holders during the morning peak and suspending free travel for under 18s, the latter “subject to discussions about how it is to be operationalised”
• place card readers by the operating entrance doors on all buses as soon as practicable, and immediately require passengers to use the approximately 2,000 readers that are already so placed
• immediately reintroduce the central London congestion charge, the ultra-low emission zone and the low emission zone and “urgently bring forward proposals to widen the scope and levels of these charges”
• accept that two Government-appointed special representatives will attend all TfL board meetings, being able to raise questions at the board, request additional information as reasonably required and report back to the secretary of state. One special representative will also be able to attend all meetings, formal and informal, of the finance committee and the programmes and investment committee.
“There will be an immediate and broad ranging government-led review of TfL’s future financial position and future financial structure,” added Shapps. This will explore:
options for revenue maximisation, including fares policy and revenue yield choices over time
opportunities to deliver further efficiencies in the short and medium term in relation to operating costs
the approach to capital spending, both in terms of asset maintenance and enhancement
the balance sheet and financing structure, including financing policy, of TfL
current fiscal devolution arrangements
potential for raising more non-fare based revenue and commercial income
The review will include the undertaking of international and cross-modal benchmarks. It will be completed by the end of August.
Representing the rental, leasing and finance sectors, the BVRLA and FLA are urging Ministers to develop an “ambitious” car scrappage scheme that tackles air quality, drives EV uptake and encourages more sustainable travel behaviour.
BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “To be truly effective, any EV stimulus scheme must work for both the new and used market.
“It should make the UK a more attractive market for OEMs to sell their EVs and help those who cannot afford to buy a new electric car to purchase or lease a used one. Any scheme that focuses solely on supporting new vehicle sales could damage the residual values of ex-fleet cars and thus hinder the sector’s ability to invest in new electric vehicles.”
The ten principles outlined by the two associations are:
Prioritise new and used EVs
Don’t forget about air quality
Support fleet and private buyers
Make a difference where it matters
Drive transport behaviour change
Be purchase-channel agnostic
Work with all financing models
BVRLA members represent the demand side of the automotive sector, owning and operating over five million cars, vans and trucks, including more than 90,000 battery electric vehicles. Its members buy around 50% of new vehicles sold annually and spend more than £30 billion upgrading their fleets each year.
FLA members provided £48 billion of new finance to help households and businesses purchase cars in 2019 and are responsible for 91% of all private new car registrations.
Adrian Dally, head of motor finance at the FLA, said: “Getting Britain moving again will require many businesses and consumers driving newer and cleaner vehicles at prices they can afford. This stimulus will come at the right time to support jobs and households across the whole of the UK.”
Jon Lawes, MD of Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, added: “A car scrappage scheme could prove to be a tipping point in incentivising consumers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs). Environmental concerns have been driving demand for EVs, with a 21% increase in sales last month.
“Our own research showed that over quarter of consumers are now considering purchasing an EV after lockdown, with a further 40% of workers considering greener modes of commuting, so demand is definitely there to drive a Green revolution.”
As I begin week six of my isolation – along with millions of others – I am minded to reflect personally on where we are and, with greater difficulty, where we are heading.
I have a foot firmly planted in two rather different industries – automotive and tourism.
I am mostly but not entirely relaxed about my own lockdown and broadly support the thinking behind it. Other countries are indeed doing things in different ways and I think we are all beginning to see that “no size fits all”. My partner is a New Zealander who has lived here in the UK for fifty years and is rightly impressed with the way her country of birth has gone about things. PM Jacinda Ardern has been decisive, read the mood of the country well and her government’s steps are working well. Most of us are hoping that the USA comes out of it without too heavy a loss of life despite widely differing approaches by State Governors and Donald Trump’s highly individual approach.
A good example of differing approaches currently is the vexed topic of face masks illustrating so many different solutions all claiming to be science lead and evidence based.
Looking to the future for the UK is more challenging.
I am delighted to see that in automotive a number of vehicle factories are creeping back into action, observing social distancing and testing the strength of their supply chains which have been idle as long as the car factories have been silent. I am rather taken with one of the Ford plants which has introduced with full staff and union approval the wearing of a bespoke wrist band which emits a sound when it comes within a two metre range of another wrist band. Simple and effective.
We have all learned how finely tuned these supply chains are during the agonising Brexit debate. I am in no doubt the start-up phase will be complex and not without difficulty and surprise. We wait now with baited breath to see if there is an enthusiastic market waiting for the cars which are starting to be built quite apart from the not inconsiderable stockpiles of cars sitting at UK ports.
May 7th is likely to be a key date in the unlocking process and there is I believe a general understanding that it is simply not possible to keep us all locked up indefinitely. I am for instance not hugely enraptured that my own isolation is primarily driven by my age.
I fear, again writing entirely in a personal capacity, that tourism is in for a slow return to so called normality. Before much can be opened, the government will need to be clear that social and safe travel is permitted and be crystal clear what that means. I am hopeful that many tourist organisations able to demonstrate responsible opening with social distancing and all that goes with it, is a feasible way forward and herein lies the key path to a new normality.
There seems little point the government declaring that, for instance, the west country is now off the hook or that, again just for theoretical example, take-aways are off the hook.
The only criterion must be whether an organisation has the wherewithal and the planning in place to operate safely both for its own staff and its customers. If supermarkets can do it, others in tourism can too. And Local Authorities and Planning Authorities may be called upon to briefly expand their roles and spot check those who claim to be operating safely, are so doing.
It seems self evident that big gatherings are going to be on a hot list for some time yet but equally self evident, professional, responsible and utterly Covid-19 compliant elements of the huge tourism industry must surely be encouraged to un-furlough staff and to quote the PM “fire up the engines of the economy.”
As many as 1,000 stylish sports cars are expected to join the packed display as Beaulieu’s Simply Porsche returns to the grounds of the National Motor Museum on Sunday June 7th.
From early examples of the 1950s and 1960s, through the legendary 911, right up to the latest models from the German sports car marque, all Porsche owners are welcome to park up, compare cars and enjoy the whole of the Beaulieu attraction.
This eighth Simply Porsche, which will be held in association with The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts’ Club (TIPEC), is part of Beaulieu’s growing Simply range which features 13 Simply rallies in the 2020 line-up.
Event-goers can browse a variety of trade stands offering accessories, books and model cars, while throughout the day there is the chance to vote for your favourite Porsche of the show in the People’s Choice Award, with the winner receiving a Beaulieu trophy.
For more Porsche excitement, don’t forget to head inside the National Motor Museum to see the 1969 Porsche 917K, which made a star appearance in the Steve McQueen film Le Mans.
Event tickets include entry to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Secret Army exhibition, the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House, Beaulieu Abbeyand its grounds and gardens. For family fun all together, adventurous new play area Little Beaulieu will open its fantasy palace for big and little kids from March 15th.
For those driving Porsches into Beaulieu to take part in the show, participant tickets are £10.50 an adult and £5.25 a child (aged 5-16) if bought in advance online before 5pm on June 4th, or £12.50 an adult and £6 a child if bought later or on arrival. All other visitors can buy a standard Beaulieu attraction ticket. For tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-porsche.