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Train operators are preparing to cut services again, possibly from Monday, as the fall in passengers and fears over the availability of staff mean that the low-level Sunday service that runs every day may not be sustainable.

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Plans to press on with scheme despite coronavirus outbreak The government is still planning to push ahead with starting the main civils works this month on the first phase of HS2 despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • COP26 postponementThe COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19.

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  • 'Betrayal of trust': HS2 criticised over removal of woodland soilsRelocation of soil beginning at ‘completely wrong time’ for wildlife, says Woodland TrustHS2 is beginning an operation to remove soils from ancient woodlands at a catastrophic time of year for wildlife, according to the Woodland Trust.Undertaking the controversial “translocation” operation – which also involves felling numerous trees – in six woods in April and not during winter as the high-speed railway originally said it would, was a “betrayal of trust” said the charity’s ecologist. Continue reading...
  • The Treasury should be wary of giving a bailout to Virgin Atlantic | Nils PratleyAirline’s owners need to dig deep into their own pockets before the state steps in to helpYou have to admire Sir Richard Branson’s tactics. A begging letter from an island-dwelling billionaire doesn’t gain sympathy. A co-ordinated lobbying campaign that involves Airbus, Heathrow airport and Rolls-Royce – all big employers in the UK – gets noticed at the Treasury.And, naturally, one can see why the trio want Virgin Atlantic to survive, whether by a government-backed bailout or other means. The airline is an important customer for each of them. Virgin Atlantic flies 31 planes fitted with Rolls-R...

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  • Coronavirus: Addison Lee launches Donate a Ride' campaign with £50,000 worth of free rides for frontline NHS workersAddison Lee has launched its Donate a Ride campaign which will see Londons largest PHV operator partner with its corporate clients to offer free rides to and from hospital for NHS workers across the city. Addison Lee, which has 80% of the FTSE100 as customers, has made the first donation, contributing 50,000 to the fund. The initiative is part of Addison Lees commitment to support the nations capital in the fight against coronavirus by ensuring those on the frontline can get to and from work safely, comfortably and efficiently.
  • Coronavirus: The future of bus and train services and operators in Walesby Professor Stuart Cole CBE FCILT, Emeritus Professor of Transport (Economics and Policy), University of South Wales Except for essential jobs in the NHS and transport in its widest sense buses, trains, supply chains / production capacity especially for medicines, food and hygiene products, Covid-19 is keeping most of Wales population at home. However, maintaining a degree of public transport is vital for those essential workers. Wales railway network, vital to our economy, is managed through four franchises whose current financial reality is one where many costs...

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  • Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open Staff on nationally critical routes, such as the West Coast and Chiltern main lines, are keeping essential supplies and key workers moving during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the weekend, Network Rail maintenance teams and signallers delivered vital maintenance on the railway between London...

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  • Pollution levels plummet to lowest in 20 years following Covid-19 restrictionsLondons polluted air has improved so dramatically since Covid-19 restrictions on travel that the machines used to measure toxicity have flagged the anomalous readings as a possible fault. Road traffic and building works have slowed dramatically over the last two weeks. As a result, levels of nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and particulates have fallen to their lowest since records began The post Pollution levels plummet to lowest in 20 years following Covid-19 restrictions appeared first on ETA.

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  • THE BENEFITS OF CYCLE TO WORK SCHEMES AND EMPLOYEE MENTAL HEALTH DAYSDuring the hiring process, business owners are generally looking for someone who has the right combination of skills and work ethic. But employees must also have their own list of expectations over half of all workers in the UK have expressed that they need employers to focus more on mental health as part of their employee benefits. Here, we take a look at how employers can offer more for their staff in terms of looking after their physical and emotional well-being.
  • Government still pushing for main HS2 civils work to start this monthPlans to press on with scheme despite coronavirus outbreak The government is still planning to push ahead with starting the main civils works this month on the first phase of HS2 despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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