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6th February 2014
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• Midland Expressway, which operates the M6 toll road, has reported an increase in the volume of traffic using the route. The to road saw an average of nearly 42,000 total journeys daily between October and December 2013, a 13.1% year-on-year increase. The company declined to say how many of these journeys were made by HGVs or vans. However, there were nearly 45,000 journeys made on the road between June and September.

• Two men were arrested and a number of vehicles seized in a raid at a fuel laundering plant in County Armagh, Northern Ireland last week. Officers from H M RC and the Police Service of Northern Ireland discovered the site, which was estimated to have a capacity of 18 million litres a year, during a search of industrial premises in the Newtownhamilton area on 23 January. A flatbed truck with a concealed tank was seized along with a number of fuel tankers, as was 27,000 litres of illicit fuel.

• An accident in the Brynglas Tunnels in Newport, which caused rush-hour traffic chaos last week, has prompted fresh cads for an M4 relief road. The Federation of Small Businesses in Wales is concerned about the impact the tunnels are having on hauliers in the area, after a collision between a tanker and HGV caused tailbacks, and says there are major flaws in proposals for a Newport bypass. The Freight Transport Association, however, says that the money would be better spent by upgrading the 448 Southern Distributor Road (SDR) south of Newport, which is also being considered.

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