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8 changes to The Highway Code you need to know



From today, road users need to be aware of the new rules that have been introduced to The Highway Code.

The change is intended to improve road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

It follows a public consultation of the review of The Highway Code which ran from July to October 2020.

Of the 20,000 responses, the majority were in favour of the changes.


1. The hierarchy of road users is now based on who is the most vulnerable, therefore those who can cause the most harm are considered to have the most responsibility. It is hoped this will reduce the risk of danger on the roads.


2. Pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross have priority over drivers, motorcyclists, horse riders and cyclists turning into or exiting a road.


3. Updated information has been provided for spaces shared by pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. It is asked that cyclists and horse riders are respectful of people walking, although pedestrians still need to be observant and take care.

Cyclists are also advised to slow down when overtaking the other users, letting people know they are approaching but also remembering that people may have deaf, blind or partially sighted. In addition to this, they should not overtake on the left-hand side of the horse.


4. The Highway Code now confirms the advice that cyclists should move into the centre of their lane when travelling on quiet roads, slow traffic and when nearing junctions to allow other users to see them, moving to the left if a vehicle needs to pass.

In fast-moving traffic, cyclists should also keep at least 0.5 metres away from the kerb.


5. If they are passing a cyclist, drivers and motorcyclists must leave a minimum of 1.5 metres when travelling at speeds of up to 30mph, with more space being left at higher speeds.

For speeds under 10mph road users must leave at least 2 metres of space when overtaking horse riders or horse-drawn vehicles.

At least 2 metres of space and a low speed must be kept when passing a pedestrian.


5. It has been clarified that pedestrians crossing or about to cross have priority over cyclists entering or exiting a side road.


6. The update confirms cyclists have priority on roundabouts. Drivers and motorcyclists are warned not to overtake cyclists within their lane and allow them to move across their path as they travel around the roundabout.

Further guidance is offered in The Highway Code for drivers and motorcyclists entering a roundabout that they don’t cut across cyclists, horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles, as they must travel across a roundabout in the left-hand lane.


7. What is known as the ‘Dutch Reach’ has been introduced to The Highway Code. To encourage drivers and passengers to check behind their shoulder, it is advised that both drivers and passengers should open the door using their hand opposite to the door.


A campaign will be launched mid-February to raise awareness of the changes.

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Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN NEWCASTLE!!



Karens Diner on Tour Newcastle upon Tyne

Karen’s Diner on Tour coming to town on tour and ‘well if y’all show up in force we’ll either come as a longer term pop up or simply just stay put for a while until we’ve insulted everyone in the North East!’

We have spoken to the top Karen who assures everyone who went last time that Bottomless means BOTTOMLESS!

At our pop-up Karen’s you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. A place where you can complain until the cows come home because we literally don’t care. You can expect good food, good fun and a dining experience like you’ve never had before. Let us know if it’s your birthday, if your name is Karen and for the love of Karen don’t ask to speak to the manager….

Your ticket includes a delicious BOTTOMLESS pizza and BOTTOMLESS prossecco or select spirits and mixers as well as select soft drinks drinks for a full 90mins

*We cater for all allergens

You will get full and authentic Karen experience – our games, our waitstaff and the full works. Decent food provided by the venue (we hope) and BOTTOMLESS booze for those who love a drink. This is a dining experience like no other – literally. Come enjoy the OG Karen’s from OG Karen’s.

Don’t accept imitations – book now to avoid missing out!

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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Jason Miller’s Story with Stage 4 Cancer – How positivity is key in every cancer journey



Jason Miller’s story on staying positive 

Although thinking and acting positively might help you cope with cancer, it’s normal and sometimes unavoidable to feel angry and scared.

Positive thinking is frequently urged on those battling with cancer. But, it is not always simple. It might be terrifying to deal with cancer and its treatment. All effected can experience low moods and worry about the future especially how your loved ones will cope.

Being upset and scared can be a sign of courage and can show that you are ready to face an uncertain future. Nonetheless, there are occasions when it can be beneficial to make an effort to replace negative thoughts with more uplifting ones.

We sat down with Jason Miller who takes us through his journey after discovering he had an aggressive stage 4 tumor. We learn how not only the diagnosis was a sign for him to put affairs in order for his family but also how he ended up surviving through his positive outlook!


Are you or anyone else effected by the content raised in this video?

The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones.

Call free on 0808 239 06 25


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