Press release: Commuters’ perfect working day revealed

first_imgThe hard shoulders on each new smart motorway will be converted into permanent extra lanes and new emergency areas will be created for drivers to use if they break down. New CCTV cameras will also provide 100% coverage of the routes.One of the most important signals on a smart motorway – the red X – is used to identify when a lane is closed and indicates that drivers should move into an open lane to continue their journeys.Driving in a closed lane is dangerous, as there could be debris in the road or an accident or breakdown up ahead. Keeping the lane clear gives the emergency services the access they need to help.More details about how to drive on a smart motorway are available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-drive-on-a-smart-motorway.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Commuters could speed up their journeys by up to 10 miles per hour by starting and finishing work just one hour later, according to new research.The study by Highways England was carried out on a 9-mile-stretch of the M62 which links the M6 near Warrington to the M60 near Manchester. The route is used by 120,000 drivers every day and construction work is currently taking place to upgrade it to a smart motorway, increasing its capacity by a third.Commuters had previously faced speeds of just 36 miles per hour between 5pm and 6pm when almost 9,000 drivers take to the short section of motorway on their way home from work.The study has found that drivers who set off for work after 9am are likely to get there much more quickly than those travelling during the two hours after 7am.Drivers using this stretch of the M62 who wait until 6pm before leaving the office are also likely to travel 10 miles per hour faster than those leaving at 5pm, or 20 miles per hour faster if they wait until 7pm – cutting journey times by around a third.Overall, the research found that commuters travelling 20 miles each way and working the traditional 9am to 5pm day could be spending almost an hour extra on the road every week, compared to those working from 10am to 6pm.Mike Bull, Highways England’s smart motorways programme manager for the North, said: We all know that our roads are at their busiest during the morning and evening commute but it’s surprising that shifting our working days by just one hour could have such a significant impact on journey times. Many people won’t have a choice about the hours they work but if some are able to start and finish work an hour later then it could benefit everyone – and save some drivers around an hour each week. We’re also doing our bit to improve journey times for drivers at Highways England by converting some of our busiest stretches of motorway into smart motorways, adding extra lanes and using technology to prevent tailbacks caused by sudden braking.last_img read more

VIDEO: Confessed Parkland shooter attacks BSO officer

first_imgNikolas Cruz, the confessed Parkland shooter, was caught on video attacking a Broward Sheriff’s deputy behind bars.WSVN got the exclusive video of Cruz who has now been in prison for nearly two years since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.The video was recorded on Nov. 13, 2018, and it shows Cruz walking in slow circles before attacking a BSO Sergeant sitting at a table.The video had no audio, but according to records, Sgt. Raymond Beltran “requested that Cruz not drag his sandals on the ground while walking around.”The fight between Cruz and Beltran went on for almost a full minute before he settled down.Beltran was reassigned, according to reports.last_img read more

Maturing Zanna vital to Pittsburgh’s NCAA chances

first_imgPittsburgh’s Talib Zanna (42) grabs a rebound over North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo (43) during the second half of a quarterfinal NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh’s chances of ending its NCAA tournament disappointments will depend largely on the long arms and quick feet of center Talib Zanna.It’s a position the senior from Kaduna, Nigeria is finally comfortable with after years of struggling to play with confidence or consistency.Zanna was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference tournament first team after averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds during the Panthers’ three-game run to the semifinals.It was the kind of head-turning performance that will certainly make eighth-seeded Colorado (23-11) take notice when they face the ninth-seeded Panthers (25-9) in the second round on Thursday in Orlando, Fla..“He’s a leader, he’s a senior, and when you see him going, it just gets the ball rolling,” Pitt senior forward Lamar Patterson said. “Everything was clicking.”All part of the plan for Pitt, which was basically a .500 team after losing emotional sparkplug Durand Johnson for the season with a knee injury in mid-January. Pitt’s postseason prospects appeared to be in jeopardy heading into the ACC tournament only to see them solidified by Zanna’s dynamic play.Zanna set the tone for his team Thursday when he had 17 points and nine rebounds against Wake Forest in the Panthers’ opening game.After rolling the Demon Deacons, the fifth-seeded Panthers upset the fourth-seeded North Carolina on the back of an inspired performance by Zanna.He dominated North Carolina’s talented frontcourt featuring James Michael McAdoo, Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson, with 19 points and 21 rebounds in 34 minutes before fouling out.Zanna said “we made our statement” as the Panthers beat a ranked team for the first time this season.Even in defeat, Zanna was one of the best players on the court. He scored 12 points in the first half of the semifinals against Virginia but finished with 15 as the Cavaliers found ways to neutralize him with added pressure via double teams. Despite falling short of the ACC title game, Zanna thinks Pitt accomplished something in Greensboro.“We needed a couple wins to have a better seed for the NCAA tournament,” Zanna said. “We are the ninth seed right now and we cannot worry about it.”From coach Jamie Dixon’s perspective, Zanna’s play had a lot to do with health after dealing with a twisted ankle for the latter part of the season. Zanna certainly looked healthy while playing like one of the better big men in the country.“We have been playing our best basketball this year at this point,” Dixon said. “Talib seems healthy and Lamar is doing well.”Zanna’s attitude remains unchanged heading into the tournament. If the Panthers win Thursday, they will likely face No. 1 overall seed Florida on Saturday.For Pitt to have a shot at winning more than one game in this year’s tournament – something the Panthers haven’t done since 2009 – Zanna will not only have to continue to elevate his game but set the bar for the rest of his team.“I think the seed doesn’t matter because a couple years back, a lot of (Pitt) teams had a No. 1 seed and in the first round they went down,” Zanna said. “It’s who has the heart to come out and dominate and play like they want it so bad, so that’s the people who (are) going to win the tournament.”last_img read more