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Press release: World’s longest coastal footpath one step closer

Tourists from around the globe will soon be able to step foot on the longest coastal walking route in the world as work is officially underway along every stretch of the England Coast Path.

Natural England is now working on 100 per cent of this 2,700 mile walking route, which when completed will allow people to explore new and improved routes along the entire length of the English coastline – taking in iconic sights like the White Cliffs of Dover, the beaches of Norfolk and the picturesque North Yorkshire coast.

England’s spectacular coastline already attracts 300 million visits a year, with people spending up to three times more than at any other holiday destination.

And with the South West stretch already worth £400 million to the economy, by offering new and improved access to some of the country’s best tourist hot spots, the England Coast Path will bring a huge boost to tourism – an industry already worth £106 billion.

Rural Affairs Minister Lord Gardiner said:

We have some of the most spectacular coastland in the world, with iconic sites such as the White Cliffs at Dover and the picturesque beaches at Whitby attracting millions of tourists and walkers every year.

The England Coast Path is a hugely significant project – helping people across the country to access our stunning coastline and providing a significant boost to the economy of our coastal communities.

By working closely with landowners, farmers and local communities, we are well on track to creating the world’s longest coastal path by 2020.

Natural England’s Chairman Andrew Sells added:

We are now working on all sections of our beautiful and varied coastline so the ability to walk the longest, continuous coastal walking route in the world is on the horizon.

I’m extremely proud of the strides we have taken to reach this point. We will continue to work closely with landowners, communities and local authorities to create the best possible route, to bring more people closer to nature, and benefit local economies.

So far Natural England has opened just over 300 miles of coastline, helping thousands of people access some of England’s most spectacular coastal scenery.

The new routes link up the best existing coastal paths, create new ones where there were none before, and in some cases move paths nearer the sea so walkers have a better opportunity to properly enjoy the country’s coastal views and beaches.

Most recently, routes have opened in North Yorkshire and Norfolk, with further stretches set to open in Kent, the north east and Cumbria over the coming months.

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News story: Sandra Boss and Mark Yallop re-appointed to the Prudential Regulation Committee

Today (31 August 2017), the Chancellor announced the re-appointments of two Prudential Regulation Committee (PRC) external members, Sandra Boss and Mark Yallop, for additional terms of three years. The Prudential Regulation Committee is responsible for the most important decisions of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the UK’s micro-prudential regulator.

Sandra Boss’ second term on the PRC will begin on 1 September 2017 and end on 31 August 2020 and Mark Yallop’s second term on the PRC will begin on 1 December 2017 and end on 30 November 2020.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond said:

I am delighted to announce the re-appointment of Mark and Sandra to the PRC. They have both brought considerable expertise to the Committee throughout their terms as external members and I am confident their insights will continue to enhance stability and resilience in the UK’s financial sector.

Sandra (Sandy) Boss joined the PRA Board on 1 September 2014 and subsequently became an external member of the PRC on 1 March 2017 when the Committee was established. Sandy holds non-executive directorships at Enstar Group Limited and Elementis plc. Sandy has held other non-executive and advisory appointments. She was formerly a Senior Partner at McKinsey and Company from 2005 to 2014 and a Partner from 2000. At McKinsey, Sandy specialised in investment banking and risk.

Mark Yallop joined the PRA Board on 1 December 2014, and subsequently became an external member of the PRC on 1 March 2017 when the Committee was established. Mark became Chairman of the FICC Markets Standards Board Limited (FMSB) in July 2016. He was previously UK Group CEO for UBS from 2013-14. Prior to this he was Group COO for ICAP plc from 2005-11 and spent 20 years at Deutsche Bank from 1984-2004. He has also been a member of numerous financial services industry bodies.

About the Prudential Regulation Committee

The Prudential Regulation Authority supervises banks, insurers and major investment firms.

The PRA’s most important decisions are taken by the Prudential Regulation Committee, chaired by the Governor of the Bank of England. Five members are Bank staff, including the Governor and four Deputy Governors. The Prudential Regulation Committee has a majority of external members, including the Chief Executive of the Financial Conduct Authority and six others selected for their experience and expertise in financial services.

With these re-appointments, the list of PRC members from (31 August 2017) will continue to be:

  • Mark Carney – (Governor)
  • Sam Woods – (Deputy Governor, Prudential Regulation & Chief Executive of the Prudential Regulation Authority)
  • Sir Jon Cunliffe – (Deputy Governor, Financial Stability)
  • Dr Ben Broadbent – (Deputy Governor, Monetary Policy)
  • Andrew Bailey – (Chief Executive, Financial Conduct Authority)
  • David Belsham – (External member)
  • Sandra Boss – (External member)
  • Norval Bryson – (External member)
  • Charles Randell – (External member)
  • David Thorburn – (External member)
  • Mark Yallop – (External member)
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Press release: Find out more about plans to improve the M621 in Leeds

The planned Highways England improvements will provide additional capacity and improve journey times and safety while supporting economic growth in the region.

The options being explored to improve this busy commuter route include improvements between junction 1 and 7, additional lanes at points along the route and more signage which will improve the information drivers receive.

The project is expected to cost around £55m and is due to start in 2020, subject to achieving all the necessary approvals.

A consultation is now taking place which will run for six weeks, from Monday 4 September to Sunday 15 October, for people to give their views.

A series of events are also being held for people to come along, meet the team and find out more about the scheme.

These will be held on Friday 8 September from 1pm until 8pm at the Hillside Enterprise Centre, Beeston Rd, Leeds LS11 8ND; Saturday 9 September from 10am until 4pm at the same venue and on Saturday 16 September from 10am until 4pm at St Matthew’s Community Centre, St Matthew’s Street, Leeds, LS11 9NR.

Highways England project manager Sarah Kearns said:

This is an exciting scheme that will help improve motorist’s journeys and cut congestion in Leeds.

We look forward to people coming along to these events to find out more and have their say.

For more information please visit the scheme webpage or email the project teamM621J1to7@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

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Press release: £300 million road projects to improve journeys in Merseyside and Cheshire

Highways England has set out its preferred options for upgrading the key route to the Port of Liverpool and creating a new junction on the M56 near Runcorn following public consultations earlier this year.

A new 3-mile dual carriageway between the motorway network and the port will take freight away from residential areas on the A5036, which has been identified as being the tenth most congested road in England.

The bypass will serve the existing port as well as the new £300 million deep-water container terminal, which is expected to triple the port’s volume of goods by 2030.

The new junction 11a on the M56 will also play a vital role in supporting the region’s economy by providing a new link to the Mersey Gateway bridge between Runcorn and Widnes, and improving local access to the motorway.

Tim Gamon, Highways England’s regional delivery director for the North West, said:

Both these major road schemes will help to bring significant economic benefits to the North West and we’re now at the stage where we can set out our preferred options for the projects.

The new bypass will take the existing traffic away from the A5036 as well as managing the significant increase in vehicle numbers that are anticipated with the port’s growth. We’re also committed to making improvements to the existing A5036 as part of the scheme that will benefit people who live and work in the area.

The new junction on the M56 will also benefit local residents by taking traffic away from residential areas as well as providing a new route to the Mersey Gateway bridge – an important new link between Cheshire and Merseyside.

The new £250 million dual carriageway bypass through the Rimrose Valley will connect Princess Way to Broom’s Cross Road.

A new roundabout, controlled by traffic lights, will also be built at the junction connecting Broom’s Cross Road, Brickwall Lane and the new bypass. And Broom’s Cross Road will be upgraded to a dual carriageway from the new roundabout to Switch Island, where the A5036 connects with the M57 and M58.

The new £60 million M56 junction will be built between junctions 11 and 12, and will provide a more direct route to the M56 from south Runcorn as well as connecting to the Mersey Gateway bridge.

The junction will link to a new crossroads for the A533 Southern Expressway and Murdishaw Avenue, north of the motorway. The crossroads will replace the existing roundabout and be controlled by traffic lights, which will use sensors in the road to respond to changes in traffic levels.

M56, junction 11a

Detailed designs for both major road projects will now be developed, with construction work due to start by spring 2020.

Funding for the schemes is being provided as part of the government’s £15 billion Road Investment Strategy (RIS), and will help boost the Northern Powerhouse by improving transport connectivity and reliability to help the economy of the North.

More details on the projects are available on the road projects pages for the A5036 Port of Liverpool Access and M56 New Junction 11A.

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

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News story: Immigration deadline for Grenfell Tower residents extended

Foreign nationals affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy will have more time to access leave to remain in the UK, the Home Office announced today.

A policy on leave to remain outside the Immigration Rules for residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk was introduced in July to ensure victims of the tragedy get the access they need to vital services, irrespective of immigration status.

Support and assistance

The policy means individuals directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire who contact the Home Office via a specified process will be given a 12-month period of limited leave to remain in the UK with full access to relevant support and assistance if they meet the eligibility criteria.

It was due to close to new cases today (31 August) but the Home Office confirmed it will be extended until 30 November 2017. The extension will give further opportunity for people to come forward and speak to the department.

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said:

The welfare of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire is a priority for this government.

We believe that extending this policy for a further 3 months gives survivors further opportunity to come forward, both to receive support for the exceptionally traumatic events they have experienced and to provide essential first-hand accounts of the fire.

I also hope this extension will help to dispel people’s fears about coming forward to assist the inquiry into this horrific and unprecedented incident due to their immigration status.

The policy is aimed at giving survivors the time they need to deal with the extremely difficult circumstances in which they find themselves and start to rebuild their lives whilst considering their future options, as well as assisting the police and other authorities with their enquiries about the fire.

No immigration checks

The Home Office will not conduct immigration checks on survivors and those coming forward to assist the authorities. No fees will be charged by the Home Office in respect of cases granted leave under the policy.

Anyone who believes they are eligible for the scheme can speak face-to-face to a specialist Home Office team at The Curve, 10 Bard Road, Nottingdale, West London, W10 6TP from 10am – 8pm.

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