London's Tower Bridge is to be closed to motorists for three months for maintenance
London's Tower Bridge is due to be closed for three months this October while essential maintenance is carried out.
The iconic landmark, which allows some 21,000 vehicles to cross the river Thames everyday, originally opened in 1894 after 8 years of construction. According to a spokesman for Transport for London one of the main objectives will be to redo the waterproofing of the archways at the approach to the bridge - this has not been done since they were originally built at the back-end of the 19th Century.
Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director of surface transport commented on the repairs saying, "We've been working closely with the City of London to minimise the impact of the vital refurbishment of Tower Bridge and to ensure that Londoners have the travel advice they need."
Chris Hayward, chairman of the planning and transport committee of City of London Corporation also commented on the works due to be performed saying, "This decision to close Tower Bridge to vehicles has not been taken lightly, and this course of action has been taken after extensive consultation and planning in conjunction with numerous stakeholders."
Hayward also added, "We will use this time to repair, refurbish and upgrade London's most iconic bridge, which has gone without significant engineering works for more than 35 years."
It is advisable for motorists to check their route prior to travelling and to allow extra time to get to their destination. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians for all but three weekends while the repairs are preformed.
Vans are affecting the UK economy says FTA
The FTA have announced that vans and their drivers are vital to the UK economy.
According to the FTA Logistics Report 2016 there are more than four million vans on UK roads. This shows the way that the public have effected e-commerce deliveries, back in 2015 retailers predicted more than 860 million parcels would be delivered to UK homes.
The FTA's latest figures have been echoed by the latest Department for Transport (DfT) Road Traffic Estimates which shows that van traffic grew at an even faster rate than any other vehicle type within the UK.
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Mark Cartwright, FTA head of vans has commented on the increase saying, "It’s been recognised for a while that there is a clear correlation between UK GDP and van ‘traffic’ but we’re now seeing the growth in ‘van traffic’ outstrip economic performance, primarily due to internet shopping and entrepreneurial activity."
Cartwright also commented, "It is important for van operators to take safety and compliance seriously if they want to continue enjoying the operational flexibility vans provide. Self-regulation is the key to stopping moves to impose ‘truck-like’ legislation across van fleets. Van Excellence provides a very straightforward route for operators to adopt industry best practice and become an Accredited Operator."
Mercedes-Benz introduces a dual-clutch auto to it's Citan range
Popular commercial vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz have introduced a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic into their Citan range.
Available to order from June 2016, Mercdes-Benz Citan 112 variants will be available with the new 6G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. Citan and Tourer models with the 112 petrol engine will be able to benefit from the new transmission which delivers a combined mpg figure of 44.1 and co2 emissions of 144 g/km.
The new automatic transmission consists of two sub-transmissions, each with it's own clutch. While one transmission provides drive to the wheels, the second has already pre-selected the next gear - which allows for seamless gear changes which reduces loosing tractive power.
When available in June prices will start from £15,820 excluding VAT for the 112 panel van long 6G-DCT, and £17,900 for the Tourer long variant.
Micheldever Tyres boosts their fleet with 100 Renault Master vans
Independent tyre wholesaler Micheldever Tyres have boosted their fleet of commercial vehicles with 100 additional Renault Master vans.
Renault's van sales grew by 21% in the UK during the first quarter of 2016, a total of 6,618 vehicles according to figures from the SMMT.
Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services will be using these new fleet vehicles as their go-to vehicles in their wholesale tyre distribution operation as well as their mobile tyre fitting service. The new Master vans now account for a third of Micheldever's entire LCV fleet. These new vehicles will also contribute towards the delivery of tyres to the 8,000 nationwide retailers that Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services contribute to from it's network of 15 distribution sites across the UK.
As the parent company to the Protyre fast-fit retail network, Micheldever Tyres have arranged for the new vehicles to be fitted out in the Protyre livery and come equipped ready to provide a comprehensive mobile tyre fitting service for emergency tyre replacement and puncture repair for nearly every van, car, truck and agricultural vehicle on the road.
The new Renault Master vehicles have been ordered in long-wheelbase, high-roof specification. Powered by an efficient dCi 125 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine , these front-wheel drive vehicles are capable of producing 125 hp and returning over 35 mpg (NEDC Combined).
Commenting on the new vehicles purchased, Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services group fleet manager Malcolm Turnbull has said, "Against the other LCVs we considered, the Renault Master was unrivalled when it came to its combination of price and payload."
"The vans we have taken delivery of have arrived with us on schedule and, now that they are starting to be operative in the field, are exceeding our expectations and generating some good feedback from our drivers."
Nick Tame, sales director of Groupe Renault UK has also commented on the new purchase, "We’re very pleased that such a successful business has chosen to rely on the Master for two vitally important roles in its growing operation."
"The significant size of the order underlines their confidence in the Master and our commitment to provide customers with a level of service throughout their ownership experience that is second-to-none."
BAM Nuttall are using their fleet of commercial vehicles as recruitment aids
Construction and civil engineering company BAN Nuttall are using their sizeable fleet of highway vans to help attract more women into the construction industry.
BAM Nuttall are using their commercial vehicle's rear doors to show a picture of Kat Woodall, a BAM Nuttall trainee quantity surveyor and a small girl playing with building bricks, under this is written BAM Nuttall's advertorial slogan "Building your future career".
Sharon Wells, HR manager at BAM Nuttall has commented on the new advertising saying, "We think that this is a great way of encouraging people to consider working for us,"
"Construction is an important and diverse industry with a multitude of roles and opportunities. It’s well documented that there is a skills shortage in the industry and that it needs to attract more women so we hope that this initiative helps."
Kat Woodall also commented on the new scheme saying, "It’s quite strange to have a picture of yourself on a van and a number of people on my course have commented on it. Hopefully, however, it will help encourage women to consider construction as a career. I’m really enjoying the challenge and particularly like the fact that I get to put into practice on site what we learn at college."
The new image is due to stay on BAM Nuttall's vans for the next year and has been estimated that it could be worth up to £100,000 if featured on other outdoor media.