So word comes from an industry insider that the UK is set to adopt the new expanded PMR446 channel allocation.
No official announcement has yet been made so make of this what you wish but it does appear that the new allocation will go ahead.
The exsisting allocation of 8 analogue channels (446.00625 - 446.09375) have been around since the late 90's and there have been many operators calling for extra channels particularly in busy cities and town center areas.
Having an extra 8 analogue channels (446.10625 - 446.19375) PMR446 begins to look like a true UHF CB allocation.
Sure you only get 500mw(!) but it's surprising how far you can get from a favorable location.
The whole band (446.000 - 446.200) will also be opened up to allow the use of up to 32 digital channels.
New radios, which will have more rigorous specifications to reduce the likelihood of interference, are expected to be available shortly after the new allocation is adopted.