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Traffic lights to change for late buses in Swansea
Late-running buses in Swansea will be able to make up time because they have been fixed with trackers which will tell traffic lights to turn green. GPS tracks where the buses are with what time they should be at each bus stop. If they are running on time, the lights will operate in their usual sequence but that will change for a late bus. The system has started operating in the city centre and will be expanded to other key routes. First Cymru, which runs services in the city, believes it is the only area in Wales using the system.
Trinity Mirror changes name to Reach after Express deal
The publisher of the Daily Mirror, Trinity Mirror, is to change its name to Reach after completing a deal to buy the Daily Express. Trinity Mirror agreed last month to buy the company that owned titles including the Express, the Daily Star and magazines such as OK! for £126.7m. The name change comes as the company reported a 12.6% drop in group revenues to £623m last year. A “weak print trading environment” was blamed for the fall.
Most UK small businesses unprepared for new EU data rules
Fewer than one in 10 small businesses in Britain are fully prepared for new EU-wide rules on personal data, even though the changes are less than three months away. Just under one in five are unaware of the existence of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses, while a further third are only vaguely aware of its requirements. More than two-thirds have either not yet begun to take steps to ready themselves or are only in the early stages of doing so. That would equate to roughly 3.2m entities if extended to the UK’s entire small business community.
UK car sales decline in February, but at a milder pace
UK car sales slowed again in February after buyers hit the brakes hard in the previous month. Sales of UK new cars fell 2.8 per cent last month compared to a year earlier according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), steadying the pace of decline after a 6.3 per cent year-on-year drop in January. February is typically one of the quietest months of the year as buyers hold off switching vehicles until the number plate changes over in March. Some 80,805 new cars were registered, down from 163,615 cars in the first month of the year and 83,115 in February 2017.
Cyclists who kill will face new charge
Ministers are set to recommend a new offence of causing death by dangerous cycling under plans expected to be announced this week. MPs announced in September that they were considering introducing the new offence for cyclists who kill pedestrians, in a review designed to reflect public concern over safety on the roads. According to TheMail on Sunday, the review is expected to recommend that the new offence should carry the same penalty as causing death by dangerous driving. Motorists convicted of the charge can be jailed for up to 14 years but the government has said that it is committed to increasing this to a life sentence.
Fears over apprenticeship targets as numbers fall
The government is likely to fail in its target of creating three million apprenticeships by 2020 amid a catalogue of issues including low pay and red tape, new research suggests. Almost half of managers do not believe that the target will be met, with business leaders renewing calls for an overhaul of the apprenticeship levy that is supposed to support the plans. Low pay also has emerged as one of the biggest issues deterring people from starting apprenticeships. Separate studies suggest that many young people end up paying more in commuting and other expenses than they can earn and that even most MPs do not believe the minimum wage offered to apprentices is enough to live on.
Factories to carry on driving growth
Growth in factories will outpace the wider economy for a second year running in 2018 as Britain’s manufacturing revival powers ahead. The EEF manufacturers’ organisation has dramatically upgraded its outlook for this year and now expects the sector to expand by 2 per cent. Only three months ago, it was forecasting growth of 1.4 per cent for this year. Manufacturing is in a sweet spot, as booming global trade combined with surging growth around the world fires up export demand and as the cheap pound makes British goods more competitive abroad.
Porsche could make FLYING CARS that would complete journeys in a tenth of the current time in a bid to compete against the ‘air taxis’ of the future
Porsche could create flying cars to compete in a possible urban air taxi market, according to the car-maker’s head of sales. Detlev von Platen says journeys could be cut down to a tenth of their current length by utilising airspace. His comments follow last year’s unveiling of a two-seater flying car by the brand’s designer Italdesign.
Shocked motorists react with fury after traffic warden slaps snow-stranded cars with £50 parking fines
Traffic wardens were not being sympathetic to motorists who were forced to leave their vehicles stranded in the snow. Many drivers came back to their cars to find them slapped with parking tickets, the Daily Post reports. Workers were forced to abandon their vehicles in Pwllheli when they were caught out by the heavy snowfall. Around two feet of snow fell on villages such as Aberdaron and Mynytho and many villages, such as Abersoch, were effectively cut off, forcing people to make their way home by whatever means available.