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Trains, buses, ferries and trams face service cuts

Transport operators are to reduce services as customer demand slumps following the coronavirus outbreak.

Jaguar and Bentley shut factories and lay off thousands of workers [Subscription]

The British motor industry has put itself into lockdown as Jaguar Land Rover and Bentley became the last of the country’s big car manufacturers to send their workers home because of the coronavirus crisis.

Bus operators make £1bn plea to Government in bid to protect jobs

The bus industry organisation the Confederation of Passenger Transport is asking for the Government to support up to 80% of staff costs

Saturday, 21 March 2020

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  • Air Canada to cut more than 5,000 jobs in response to coronavirus crisisOver 1,500 of the layoffs will be at budget carrier RougeCanada’s largest airline says layoffs will be temporaryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCanada’s largest airline plans to cut more than 5,000 jobs in the coming weeks as the coronavirus forces it to ground hundreds of international and domestic flights.Air Canada is cutting 3,600 employees from its banner company and 1,549 from its discount carrier Rouge. The cuts, which make up nearly 60% of the company’s flight staff, will come in April. Continue reading...
  • UK bus firms call for £1bn aid to maintain vital servicesRevenues down £50m a week as passenger numbers slump during coronavirus crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain’s bus operators have called for the government to provide £1bn in urgent aid to maintain critical services, as passenger numbers fall away because of the coronavirus.The numbers travelling have fallen by more than half outside London, with a loss of £50m a week in revenues, according to operators, and are expected to drop further with the closure of schools from Friday. Continue reading...

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  • Reduced rail timetable agreed to protect train services and staffThe government and the UK rail industry have agreed a plan that will see a gradual reduction in train services across the country to reflect lower passenger demand, while keeping vital rail services running. Operators will continue to run core services ensuring people remain able to get to work, can travel to access medical appointments and the flow of goods continues across the UK. The move reflects a decrease in passenger demand as people stop all unnecessary travel and decrease non-essential social contact in line with government advice to help stop the spread of the virus. Running reduce...

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  • Rail timetables to be reduced to help tackle the spread of COVID-19 The UK rail industry and the government have constructed a plan that will see a steady reduction in train services across the country due to lower passenger demand, while keeping vital rail services running. From Monday 23rd March, services will be reduced and with subject to review, with...

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  • Bus operators urge action to prevent job lossesBritain’s bus operators today warn that tens of thousands of jobs could go within weeks unless the government agrees an immediate £1bn rescue package     Ministers are being urged to get behind the industry now or risk the decimation of a national bus network that is getting critical sector employees to work during the current crisis and is central to communities and regional economies all year round. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, the Confederation of Passenger Transport reports that passenger numbers have fallen by 50% already. Revenues outside London are set to fall by £50m ...

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