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Boris Johnson: Brexit is a reason for hope not fearBack


Boris Johnson: Brexit is a reason for hope not fear

Boris Johnson is to attempt to reassure voters who are angry and alienated by Brexit that the UK’s split from the EU is a cause for “hope not fear”. The foreign secretary will use a speech to try to build bridges with those who voted to remain in the EU, saying their belief in European solidarity is based on “noble sentiments”. “It is not good enough to say ‘you lost, get over it’,” he will say. But he will also insist those who want to stop Brexit cannot prevail.


Mayor of London to spend £6m on toilets for bus drivers 

The mayor of London is to spend £6m to improve access to toilets for bus drivers working in the capital. Permanent toilets will be built along 40 routes where there is limited access to facilities. Sadiq Khan said it was “vital drivers are given the dignity of having access to a rest stop when they need it.” AA president Edmund King said the investment was “welcome relief” but it “begs the question about facilities for their passengers”. “Over the years many public toilets seem to have disappeared or been developed into coffee shops, wine bars, restaurants and even apartments,” he said.



The Times


Slowing new car market causes Pendragon to change direction 

Profits at Britain’s largest motor dealer have crashed by a fifth due to the slump in the market for new cars. However, shares in Pendragon leapt 11 per cent after there was no more bad news following October’s profit warning, which was prompted by a poor performance in September, when registration plates change. Although top-line revenues were 4.5 per cent higher at £4.7 billion, margins across the business — new registrations, second-hand sales and the car servicing market — were in decline, the company reported. This left underlying pre-tax profits down from £75 million in 2016 to £60 million last year.


The Daily Telegraph


Food and petrol inflation slows but clothes and days out become more costly

British families are facing another financial squeeze as slowing food and petrol inflation is replaced with an increase in the cost of clothes and days out. Imported inflation appears to be falling back as the effect of the weaker pound fades, with companies reporting their input cost inflation is slowing, so the surge in the cost of living from currency moves should have passed its peak. But domestic price pressures are rising amid hints that wages are on the up, in a combination of events which may encourage the Bank of England to raise interest rates again.


Transport Topics


London Not Ready for Driverless Cars Before 2030s, Report Says

London is ill-prepared to become an early adopter of cutting-edge transport technology including driverless cars and retail deliveries by drone, according to the city’s lawmakers. While the U.K. government has predicted that connected and autonomous vehicles, or CAVs, will be on Britain’s roads by 2021, infrastructure and connectivity issues mean London is unlikely to see them until a decade later, the London Assembly’s transport committee said in a study released Feb. 13. “There is much hype around CAVs becoming a feature of our roads in the imminent future,” according to the report. “This is not likely to be the case, with 2030 to 2040 more realistic for widespread rollout. ”The level of congestion in London also means driverless cars would risk bringing the city to a standstill in the event of a very high take-up, it says, recommending that Mayor Sadiq Khan begin a sustained campaign to make car-sharing the norm before they’re introduced.


The Independent  


Taxi app signs up 1,000 new women drivers in Saudi Arabia

A Middle Eastern taxi app has signed up almost 1,000 Saudi women for training in anticipation of the ban on women driving being lifted later this year.  The new drivers have been hired by Careem, a UAE-based ride hailing company with millions of users in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.  “We are very excited about this June, it is a big milestone for the country. We have already started training female [drivers] and we hope to get up to 100,000 on board within a year,” co-founder Magnus Olsson said in an interview with Thomson Reuters’ Zawya last week.

Posted by Paul Carpenter on 14/02/2018