Keeping Safe in Europe – Contact Numbers

BAR have received some information from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office providing important contact numbers while travelling in Europe;

0800 789 321 – Anti-Terrorist Hotline

112 – European Emergency number – If you are victim or witness of an accident in a country of the European Union.

15 – Medical Emergency Services (SAMU) – To obtain the intervention of a medical team for a critical situation, or to be directed towards a medical centre.

17 – Police Services – To signal an incident that need the immediate attention of the Police.

18 – Fire Services (Pompiers) – To signal a dangerous situation or an accident regarding goods or people in order to obtain an immediate intervention.

144 – Emergency number for people who are hard of hearing or deaf  – If you are victim or witness of an incident this number is accessible by fax and text messages.

Please click here to view a publication provided by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.

Information for Commercial Drivers – Disruptions to the Roads in London

Westminster Bridge South
Temporary lane closures apply until mid-June, for 24 hours a day, while we build new segregated cycle lanes on Addington Street and York Road. Drivers are reminded not to queue on Addington Street as they will be blocking lane access southbound to Westminster Bridge Road. Working hours are Monday to Saturday between 08:00 and 20:00.

City of London
Until November next year, vehicles are not permitted to use Bank junction between 07:00 and 19:00 on weekdays.

From 08:00 until 20:00 today, Thursday 25 May and tomorrow, Friday 26 May, and 08:00 until 17:30 on Saturday 27 May, roads in the Chelsea Embankment area will be busier than usual. This is for an event.

From 22:00 tonight, Thursday 25 May, until 05:00 tomorrow, Friday 26 May, Purley Way will be closed southbound between Denning Avenue and Foxley Way, with no access to Waddon Way. On Friday/Saturday, Monday/Tuesday and Tuesday/Wednesday, the road will be closed northbound between the same times, with no access to Imperial Way. This is for resurfacing works.

From midday until 19:00 on Saturday 27 May and 12:30 until 19:30 on Sunday 28 May, roads in the area will be busier than usual, including A316 Chertsey Road, all roads leading to Twickenham station, and around the stadium. This is for sporting events. London Road, Whitton Road and Rugby Road will be closed before and after the events.

From 14:30 until 22:00 on Saturday 27 May, and midday until 19:00 on Sunday 28 May and Monday 29 May, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to sporting events.

Central London
From 08:00 until 14:00 on Monday 29 May, extensive road closures will be in place in Westminster and the City of London. This is for a sporting event.

For the latest status update on road travel this weekend, please click here

Source: Transport for London

Moving to Portugal – National Strike Alert Portuguese Ports

BAR have been made aware that there is a National Strike planned in Portugal which will effect Portuguese Ports.

The strike is expected to take place between the 30th May until the 19th June 2017. The strike is likely to effect people moving to or out of Portugal where they have household goods that need to arrive or leave via these posts. Where for example items are arriving from the UK and being delivered from the UK by road and do not transit any of the Portuguese ports then these consignments will not be effected by the strike.

The ports effected by the planned national strike are likely to include Lisbon, Setubal, Sines, Figueira da Foz Port, Leixoes, Canical e Praia da Vitoria.

We are expecting all household goods moving through the above Portuguese ports will stop. The ports will only guarantee minimum service for high priority containers. Unfortunately household goods are not in the category of priority at these ports.

Containers at the ports held for longer periods than usual will also have additional port charges.

Source: Abels Moving Services Ltd

Good luck to Anchor Removals!

BAR would like to wish Anchor Removals Limited the best of luck in tonight’s (Thursday 25 May) Salford Business Awards 2017,  in the Best Employer category.


Infrastructure investment commitment vital to continued UK growth says freight sector

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), the UK’s largest membership association in the freight and logistics sector, has welcomed the commitment to increase investment in road and rail infrastructure by the three main political parties in their General Election manifestos. However, FTA has urged all parties to ensure this investment is made in a timely manner once the election is concluded, to ensure that road and rail freight can move seamlessly in the UK, and across Europe, to maintain the success of Britain’s trading partnerships.

“Poor infrastructure wastes time and money, holds back UK competitiveness and results in more emissions,” says Christopher Snelling, the FTA’s head of national policy. “If we are to maximise the efficiency of road freight and to make the most use we can of rail freight, we need massive continued investment in improving our networks. This is consistently identified by our members as the most important thing the next Government can deliver to make the UK’s logistics industry – and business as a whole – more efficient.

“Whichever party is successful at the polls on 8 June, it is imperative that they stand by their manifesto promises on entering government and take immediate steps to implement these infrastructure investment plans. This will ensure the continued success of the logistics industry in keeping Britain functioning every day.

“Logistics affects every part of our daily lives,” continues Snelling, “and without ensuring that significant levels of investment continue, UK business will be held back and costs in the shops will be higher. Politicians of all parties must ensure that their manifesto promises are upheld if the economy is to be rejuvenated once the electioneering comes to an end.”

The announcements from the three major parties are in line with the FTA’s own ‘manifesto’, which calls for increased investment for a more efficient and prosperous UK. It also calls on the next Government to cut fuel duty to boost UK economic activity, as well as securing barrier free and frictionless access to the EU market post Brexit.

“Reducing fuel duty by just 3p per litre would generate more than £304 million a year, by our estimates,” continues Snelling, “which would provide an immediate boost to the economy. At a time when our trading relationships with the European Union are under scrutiny, this level of investment would provide just the impetus British business needs to establish new trading relationships, and reinforce partnerships to ensure that Britain keeps trading.”

Source: FTA

BAR partners with Disclosure Services

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  • Fully MOJ, OCJR and DBS compliant and audited to International Quality Management (QM) standard ISO9001:2008 and Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) standard ISO27001:2013

Further to the recent announcement of the partnership between the BAR and Disclosure Services who provide online Basic, Standard and Enhanced DBS Criminal Records Checks, we are delighted to report that BAR has negotiated with Disclosure Services a discounted admin fee to £8.30 + VAT per application, fixed from the start of each Members’ use of the service, and for a 12 month term. We believe this to be a significant benefit and would urge you all to make use of the facility. The service can be accessed through the following link, or through the Members area of the BAR website.

Members can make an enquiry by clicking here. Please enter BARM after your company name. The BARM identifier will ensure you receive the discounted BAR Member fee.


Traffic Ban’s in your Region (Worldwide)

Please click here for information on traffic bans in your country (Worldwide)


Asking prices for homes continue to climb while sales prices slow

The average asking price of homes in the UK has hit a record high, while separate indices show a slowdown in the sustained growth of property values, suggesting buyers may be demanding bigger discounts.#

Rightmove said the average asking price jumped 1.2pc in May, rising for the fifth month in a row and bringing the median price to a record of £317,281.

But the annual increase was 3.2pc, which Lucian Cook, head of residential research at Savills, described as “muted”.

He added: “It does fly in the face of some slowdowns reported in other indices and indeed the poll by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which is a robust indicator of what is going on in the market.”

It comes after Halifax’s house sales price index showed earlier this month that the housing market was stagnating, as the quarterly rate of growth fell for the first time in more than four years.

House prices were 0.2pc lower in the three months to April than in the preceding three months, the first quarterly decline since November 2012. Nationwide’s index also suggested a slowing rate of growth, with prices growing at the slowest rate in four years.

Source: The Telegraph (online)

Gosselin Mobility and DT Moving Join Forces

In an agreement finalised this week between Gosselin CEO Marc Smet and DT Moving Managing Director, Nick Kerr (both pictured), Gosselin has acquired and merged DT Moving with its Gosselin Mobility operating companies. The deal brings together DT’s UK and France businesses under the Gosselin umbrella, creating an enlarged European moving network of 51 offices in 34 countries throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The deal with Nick Kerr includes a stake in the enlarged Gosselin Mobility group. Nick will continue to be based in London as MD and will join Gosselin Group’s Antwerp management team.

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