Highways Agency warns drivers in the Midlands to plan for Olympic Torch disruption

The Highways Agency has warned drivers to plan for the impact of Olympic Torch road disruption in the week ahead.

The Torch convoy will affect parts of the A5, A483, A458, A46 and M6 on the 30 to 31 May.

Matthew Pates, emergency planning manager for the Highways Agency, says: “We will use our electronic message signs to give drivers information about any diversions and delays, and provide up-to-the minute information about traffic conditions on the motorways and other major roads we manage using local radio.”

Operators can also sign up to the agency’s Twitter feed @HAtraffic_emids for news on closures affecting the region.

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London council offers free Driver CPC training

London’s Hammersmith & Fulham council is offering LGV drivers free Driver CPC training as part of a cycling awareness initiative.

Lorry drivers that work in the borough, or in partner boroughs Kensington & Chelsea or Westminster, can access the seven hour Safer Urban Driving course at no charge.

The day consists of a theory module in the classroom and a practical module out on bikes led by an urban cycle instructor. The training counts towards professional drivers’ mandatory 35-hours of CPC training.

Courses run from June through to March of next year. Email [email protected] for more or to book a place.

Last year London’s Hackney council launched a free Driver CPC training module to boost awareness of vulnerable road users in the borough.