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Budget 2021: Aviation complains of ‘slap in the face’ [subscription]

The budget was condemned as a “massive slap in the face” for airlines and airports after the chancellor failed even to mention the stricken aviation industry.

Leeds transport hopes rise with new government body set to move to the city

A new national infrastructure bank being in Leeds could create jobs and give the city a “sympathetic ear” from Government when it comes to its own spending plans for big projects.

Budget lacks detail on roads, rail, airports and sustainability

As expected, Covid impact and recovery took centre stage in chancellor Rishi Sunak’s second Budget statement yesterday but there was plenty of reason for the civil engineering industry to be positive about in the announcements, particularly with confirmation of the UK Infrastructure Bank.

Eight new freeport sites named

New freeports in England will be launched at East Midlands Airport, Liverpool, Felixstowe, Humber, Plymouth, Thames, Teesside, and Solent.

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  • London Euston cat-astrophe averted for train-surfing pussA cat narrowly avoided disaster after being spotted on the roof of a train as it prepared to depart. The tabby was seen on an Avanti West Coast train at London Euston, about half an hour before it was due to leave for Manchester at 21:00 GMT on Tuesday.

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  • Mixed response from rail to Budget speechTHE railway industry has given a mixed response to the Budget. There has been a welcome for confirmation of £50 million to help pay for five new stations in the West Midlands and another £50 million for transport improvements around the future HS2 station at Birmingham Interchange. The chancellor Rishi Sunak also said his budget would ‘unlock’ funding worth more than £40 million to reinstate passenger services between Okehampton and Exeter St David’s, subject to final approval of costs and contracts.

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