Annual Reports

Highways Agency: The Highways Agency has published its Business Plan for 2007/08 and in it, explains what it will do to make travel safer and tackle unreliable journey times on the busiest parts of the national road network, by using new technology & traffic management techniques.

Work is due to start on 8 major improvement schemes, including widening the M25 between Dartford and the M20 junction at Swanley, where the motorway is used by nearly 135,000 vehicles every day, and by April 2008, the Agency also plans to:

- Open the first car share lane on a motorway between the M62 and M606 near Bradford, West Yorkshire.

- Introduce access management measures to improve traffic flow on motorways.

- Launch a range of new services to help drivers plan their journeys

- Make CCTV images available to the public via the Highways Agency
Press release ~ Highways Agency Business Plan 2007 - 08 ~ Real-time traffic information ~ HA - Road Projects

Defra: Following concerns about the impact on agriculture of crude oil price increases, a new chapter entitled Intermediate consumption has been added to Defra’s annual report into agriculture. The chapter presents long-term trends in crude oil prices & intermediate consumption (e.g. fuels, feed, seeds, etc) and demonstrates how key inputs, such as fuels, electricity and fertiliser are closely linked to the oil price.

The report - Agriculture in the United Kingdom 2006 - is the most authoritative statistical release on agriculture produced by Government and provides a statistical overview of important developments in agriculture in the .

A pocketbook, Agricultural Statistics in your Pocket 2006, which complements Agriculture in the United Kingdom 2006 has also published
Press release
~ Agricultu re in the United Kingdom 2006 ~ Agricultural Statistics in your Pocket 2006 ~ Defra - Farming ~ Provisional estimates on farm incomes

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