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Coronavirus could delay arrival of new £362m Metro fleet

The long-awaited replacements for the Tyne and Wear rail network's ageing carriages should start arriving in the region in late 2022 and be in use from summer 2023

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  • Captain of coronavirus-hit US aircraft carrier warns sailors will die if not let off shipCarrier with thousands onboard is docked in Guam, which is struggling to handle local caseload of Covid-19 infectionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe captain of a US aircraft carrier, with 5,000 people onboard, including an unconfirmed number who have tested positive for Covid-19, has called for help to save the lives of his sailors.The US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt was in the Pacific when the navy reported its first coronavirus case a week ago. It has since pulled into port in Guam, a US island territory in the western Pacific. Continue reading...

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  • Coronavirus: temporary changes to driver CPC requirementsThe government has released guidance confirming temporary changes to allow bus and lorry drivers who cannot complete compulsory CPC training to continue to drive. Most professional lorry and bus drivers must complete 35 hours periodic training every 5 years to maintain a driver qualification card (DQC). During the coronavirus outbreak it may be difficult for drivers to complete the required training. The Department for Transport has therefore put in place temporary changes in professional driver qualification requirements This means that drivers whose DQC expires in the period from 1 March 2...

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  • Grow a bamboo bicycleMichael Gove said last week that visiting an allotment seemed a perfectly sensible thing to do given the current restrictions. He won’t have had in mind, but people have taken to growing their own bicycles. Bicycles built from bamboo are nothing new. However,  despite the fact they offer a sustainable and practical alternative to steel it’s a method of construction… The post Grow a bamboo bicycle appeared first on ETA.

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