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News story: Jobs and housing unlocked by road schemes valued at more than £570 million

News story: Jobs and housing unlocked by road schemes valued at more than £570 million

first_imgA £400 million upgrade to the A1 will save drivers up to 3,000 hours in journey time a day when it is officially opened by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today (17 May 2018).Chris Grayling will also announce a further £173 million of government funding for 3 major new road schemes ranging from Yorkshire to Devon.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will visit Darlington to officially open the £400 million enhancement of the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme, the 6th scheme to be completed of the government’s £15 billion Road investment strategy and said to be the largest road building project in the north.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: We are investing record amounts in improving our roads – giving motorists quicker and safer journeys to go to work, see family and friends, or go shopping. Highways England is making good progress in delivering new road schemes right across the country, providing improved connections and new opportunities for businesses. But we’re not just focusing on our major roads. Today I have announced £173 million for schemes in Leicestershire, Devon and East Riding, which will not only save drivers time stuck in traffic, but help support thousands of new jobs and homes. The cash will see a new bypass for Melton Mowbray given £49.5 million as part of the government’s programme of Large Local Major schemes. The 7 kilometre road on the east of town will help support 3,000 new jobs and 2,250 homes by 2026.It will also mean drivers will have fewer delays between the Humber Bridge and Beverley, with £40.8 million being awarded to East Riding Council to turn sections of the A164 into a dual carriageway and for improvements to Jock’s Lodge junction where the road meets the A1079.And it will allocate £83.1 million to widen the North Devon Link Road, easing traffic and making the road safer for motorists. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Roads media enquiries improving Jock’s Lodge junction near Beverleycenter_img Switchboard 0300 330 3000 improving the North Devon Link Road creating the Melton Mowbray Eastern Distributor Road Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 A1 Leeming to Barton videoAlmost 70,000 drivers each day will use the new stretch of dual carriageway in Darlington. This scheme is just one on the journey between Newcastle and London which is being upgraded, from the M1 widening at Leeds; the Catthorpe interchange between the M1, M6 and A14 near Rugby; and smart motorway projects at Sheffield, Nottingham, Northampton, and Milton Keynes.The £173 million of government funding, also announced today, will go towards:last_img read more

DPS to apologize to attendees of SJP-hosted event

DPS to apologize to attendees of SJP-hosted event

first_imgThe Department of Public Safety will apologize to two individuals who were asked to leave an event hosted by USC Students for Justice in Palestine, according to a statement by Senior Vice President of Administration Todd Dickey.SJP hosted “Los Angeles Campaign Kick off and Petition Circulator Training to Qualify the Israel Divestment Initiative for the California Ballot” in Taper Hall of Humanities on Sept. 19, along with the California Israel Divestment Campaign.StandWithUs Executive Director Roz Rothstein and Senior Developer Gary Ratner, the individuals whom DPS officers escorted out of the event, said they attended the gathering to listen to the opinion of SJP and the Israel Divestment Campaign. StandWithUs is an organization dedicated to representing the Israeli view of the conflicts in the Middle East.“We just wanted to find out what was happening and some more information about it,” Ratner said. “Roz and I went to USC with the complete understanding that anybody could go to this meeting.”Upon arrival, Rothstein said attendees at the event who recognized Ratner and her began to yell at them.“They said, ‘You can’t be here, you can’t come in,’” Rothstein said. “I said, ‘I don’t think you can do that.’”The event discussed the Israel Divestment Campaign, a measure that would require the Public Employees’ Retirement System and the State Teachers’ Retirement System to participate in a divestment process with some companies that practice business in Israel. Californians will vote on the  measure in the next statewide election after the upcoming one in November.SJP President Marwa Katbi called DPS to the scene and the officers escorted Rothstein and Ratner outside of the room.“Given that they were not well received, were causing an environment of extreme discomfort and heightened tensions within the room, I made a decision to call DPS and have officers handle the situation from that point onwards,” Katbi said in an e-mail.Katbi said she allowed DPS to handle the situation independently after officers arrived.Though university officials declined to specify any details of the incident or infractions that might have occurred, the administration plans to continue its ongoing investigation of the incident, the statement from Dickey said.DPS Capt. David Carlisle said he could not comment on the matter as it is still being investigated.Ratner said DPS told him that because SJP had rented the space, they were allowed to control the event. The DPS officers stated that the event was private and asked Ratner and Rothstein to leave. Ratner, however, disagreed.“We even printed out the invitation to show the police that there were no restrictions [at the event],” he said. “You didn’t have to be a supporter of this or that.”Dickey said DPS officers would receive training to handle similar situations in the future and student groups would be reminded of university rules.“The University of Southern California is committed to freedom of expression and open inquiry,” he said.Correction: A previous version of this story stated the Israel Divestment Campaign would target businesses that “aid Israel in violating human rights and international law.” That is incorrect. The story has been corrected and the Daily Trojan apologizes for the error.last_img read more