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Model of 1000mph Bloodhound car to go on display in Cardiff

The Bloodhound SSC on display in London Credit: Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers will bring a full-size model of the 1,000 mph Bloodhound car to Cardiff today.

The model will be on display at the Senedd to help raise awareness among schoolchildren, Welsh Assembly Members and the public about the project and its aims to inspire a generation about science and engineering.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is hoping the car will break the world land speed record by reaching over 1,000 miles per hour in the South African desert in 2015.

Car sales up in Wales

Car sales are accelerating. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Latest figures show the number of car sales in Wales rose, last month, by just over 17 percent.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders also says in the year to May almost 35,000 were sold.


Holiday booking 'surge' as people try to escape cold

It is estimated 17 million cars will take to UK roads over the Easter period. Credit: Andy Butterton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The big Easter getaway will start today as thousands of people leave Wales for the bank holiday weekend.

Travel operators are reporting a last minute surge in bookings as people try to escape the freezing conditions that have swept across Wales this month.

From today until Tuesday, a total of 600,000 people will leave from Heathrow airport, 214,000 from Gatwick, 110,000 from Manchester, 110,000 from Stansted and 55,000 from Luton.

Those travelling by rail over Easter will have to contend with a number of engineering works, including major work at Reading in Berkshire and also work on the West Coast main line in the West Midlands.

The busiest periods for travelling by road is expected this afternoon and tomorrow morning. The AA has predicted that 17 million cars will take to the roads in the UK over the holiday period/

Good news for ferry passengers travelling to France, a scheduled strike by French port control officers which could have meant major delays for people travelling has been called off.

New car sales rose by more than 8% in April

New car sales in Wales rose to 4,785 last month, an increase of 8.11% over April 2011, figures show.

Paul Everitt, from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said the figures represent "a bit of an uplift" for consumer confidence and the economy.

"People have had a difficult time, but new car registrations show people are more confident of their own future, and prepared to commit to 'big ticket' items"