The Camping and Caravanning Club Signs Agreement With Highways Agency

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The Camping and Caravanning Club will tomorrow (Tuesday, February 23) sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Highways Agency.

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We represent a large proportion of motorists who either tow a caravan or trailer tent or drive a Motorhome and our primary aim is ensure road safety and safer highways and motorways.

The Camping and Caravanning Club Signs Agreement With Highways Agency

The Camping and Caravanning Club will tomorrow (Tuesday, February 23) sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Highways Agency.

The Highways Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT), and is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport.

The two national organisations have worked closely for a number of months on an abundance of key areas and now intend to formalise their working relationship for the good of Club members and road users generally.

Under the terms of the agreement, The Club and the Highways Agency will develop a number of initiatives and share experiences and expertise for the benefit of England’s road network.

The Highways Agency holds a vast amount of historic and real-time traffic data which will greatly assist in journey planning.

The two organisations will also seek to encourage improvements to caravan and Motorhome motorway service areas.

Through the examination of road traffic data, it will also be possible to work together to help reduce the number of accidents on key routes.

Matthew Eastlake, The Club’s Marketing & Communication Director, said: “This alliance will help forge closer working relationships between ourselves and the Highways Agency.

“We represent a large proportion of motorists who either tow a caravan or trailer tent or drive a Motorhome and our primary aim is ensure road safety and safer highways and motorways.”

Highways Agency Chief Executive, Graham Dalton, added: “We are delighted to confirm our strong working relationship with The Camping and Caravanning Club.

“It reflects our desire to work more closely together with all road users to help them experience safer and more reliable journeys.

“We’ll be working with The Club to promote the safe towing message to all road users, and looking at ways to improve the way we operate, such as research into the reasons behind incidents involving towing vehicles.”

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PLEASE NOTE: Director General Robert Louden and Chief Executive Graham Dalton from the Highways Agency will officially sign the MoU on the New to Camping Stand (300) at the Boat & Caravan Show at the NEC Birmingham on Tuesday, February 23 at approximately 1pm. Photographers welcome. TV Presenter Julia Bradbury will also be present.

For further media information or images, please contact:
Jon Dale, 024 7647 5204 jon.dale@thefriendlyclub.co.uk
Matthew Eastlake, 024 7647 5030 matthew.eastlake@thefriendlyclub.co.uk

Editorial Notes:
1.    The Camping and Caravanning Club is 109-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 20 Camping and Caravanning Touring Sites and six Cabin Sites.
2.    http://www.newtocamping.co.uk was launched on Monday, May 18, 2009 and incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.
3.    National awards include:

  •     AA Campsite of the Year Heart of England 2010 – Teversal Club Site
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly Facilities Overall Trophy Winner
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Category National Award Winner (England)
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly National Award Winner (England)
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Attendant Team National Award Winner (Glencoe Club Site – Scotland)
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - ‘Champions League’ – Standards of Excellence
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Teversal Club Site (England)
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Dunbar Club Site (Scotland)
  •     David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Verwood Club Site (Gold)
  •     David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Inverewe Gardens Club Site (Gold)
  •     David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Horsley Club Site (Silver)
  •     David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Delamont Country Park (Silver)
  •     Which Motorcaravan Site of the Year Runner-Up – Little Trethvas Farm CS
  •     Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
  •     Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
  •     MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site

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