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Operation Stack: ‘Disneyland-sized’ lorry park to be built at Stanford West stanford west image

The site of a “Disneyland-sized” lorry park designed to ease tailbacks caused by Operation Stack has been announced.

Spaces at the 3,600-space park, in Stanford West, Kent, will be available from next summer in a bid to reduce congestion on the M20. During Operation Stack, which was in force 32 times last summer, the motorway was turned into an HGV park for up to 5,000 lorries. Critics have accused the government of being “too hasty” in its plans. Stack was activated last year when cross-Channel services were disrupted by the Calais migrant crisis and French ferry worker strikes. It was blamed for widespread congestion on the motorway and in the surrounding area – sparking concerns for the local economy and hauliers’ income. Ministers previously said it would provide up to £250m for a permanent lorry area.

 

 

The Times

 

Brexit jitters threaten to burst new car sales bubble – Quote from Sue Robinson, NFDA

The Brexit referendum appears to have burst the new car sales bubble with registrations in June falling for the first time since the depths of the global financial crisis downturn. Sales of cars in June dropped 0.8 per cent to 121,500 – the equivalent of 150 fewer new cars leaving showroom forecourts every day compared to a year ago.

 

Sue Robinson, director of National Franchised Dealers Association, said: “With consumer confidence falling post Brexit, we call upon the Treasury and the Bank of England to do all they can to stimulate consumer demand.

 

“We currently import over a million cars a year and associated parts from the EU. We urge our politicians to swiftly negotiate a trade deal with the EU in order to safeguard a prosperous future for the motor retail industry.”

 

US oil exports at highest since 1920 as taps turned on again

American oil exports surged in May to their highest level since at least 1920 after a self-imposed ban was lifted at the start of the year, according to figures released yesterday. The US exported 662,000 barrels of crude a day during the month, up from 591,000 in April, according to figures from the US Census Bureau.

 

 

The Daily Mail

 

Google’s self-driving cars can now spot cyclists: Sensors can read hand signals and predict rider’s behaviour google self drive car

Cyclists and drivers have a long history of not sharing the road.

But Google believes there is enough room for both and has taught its fleet of self-driving cars to detect, understand and remember nearby riders. The search giant’s latest self-driving car report reveals its autonomous vehicles can now interpret riders’ hand signals with onboard sensors and uses machine learning to remember behavior.

 

 

 

Posted by Paul Carpenter on 07/07/2016