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.

Chelsea
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.

Croydon
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.

Twickenham
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.

Wembley
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.

#2017sba

Traffic Ban’s in your Region (Worldwide)

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

Source: trafficban.com

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.

To read the full article please click here

The Road Haulage Association calls on party leaders to ensure the future stability of the UK road haulage industry.

The Road Haulage Association is calling on the political party leaders to ensure the future stability and prosperity of the UK road haulage industry.

Measures within the Association’s manifesto include:

  • Road investment and facilities to support competitiveness
  • The unfair fuel duty differential between the UK and the rest of Europe
  • Emissions and air quality and the need for a realistic HGV scrappage scheme
  • The skills shortage within the industry
  • Brexit, including measure to maintain border controls at Calais

Britain’s hauliers are responsible for moving 85% of the UK economy. It is essential that the new administration understands and is sympathetic to the needs of the industry on which the entire population of the UK depends.

Source: RHA

FRANCE – Summer Saturday Restrictions Notice

You are reminded that France has Saturday summer restrictions during July & August.  Please see details below to remind you of the dates concerned.

Vehicles concerned                   

Trucks and combination vehicles with a maximum authorised weight of over 7.5t, with the exception of special vehicles and agricultural vehicles and material

Area                                               

Throughout the road and motorway network

Prohibition                                

On Saturdays 29 July and 5, 12, 19 and 26 August 2017 from 07:00 to 19:00, then from 00:00 to 22:00 on Sunday (NB: driving authorised on these Saturdays from 19:00 to 24:00).

Derogations                               

Permanent derogations (exemptions) still apply and you should consult your driving restrictions for the details.

Source: RHA

Stamp duty reform can win over voters, says UK’s largest independent

The boss of the UK’s largest independent agency has called on the government to be ‘radical’ and consider a range of initiatives to overhaul the housing market. To read the full article from Estate Agent Today click here.