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Bombardier has announced it is to restart train production at its Derby site after work was halted due to coronavirus restrictions.

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  • Rail journeys at 5% of normal levels as UK stays homeBus, tube, road and air travel also showing dramatic declines due to coronavirus lockdown, MPs told Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRail journeys in the UK are now at just 5% of normal levels, according to the latest government figures, as passengers heed calls to avoid non-essential travel due to coronavirus. Related: Coronavirus lockdown: what are the UK's options for lifting restrictions? Continue reading...

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  • Rail industry welcomes Jim McMahon as new Shadow Transport SecretaryThe Railway Industry Association (RIA), the voice of the UK rail supply community, has welcomed Jim McMahon MP as the new Shadow Transport Secretary.   Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, said: “On behalf of the Railway Industry Association and our members I would like to welcome Jim McMahon to his position as the new Shadow Transport Secretary.   “The Coronavirus outbreak provides a real challenge to the railways, and the UK rail industry is working hard to overcome these challenges. Whether maintaining the existing network or building, sa...
  • Coronavirus: transport to FranceThe French government has announced that they have introduced a new ‘International Attestation’ for travel to France as of 6pm Monday 6th April. All travellers will be required to present this to confirm that their trip meets the criteria for essential travel – this includes goods carriers and cross border workers amongst others. The measure is not only targeted at curbing potential non-essential travel over the upcoming Easter weekend, but will also apply to drivers carrying freight across the border. Access the certificates here.
  • Coronavirus: transport and travel guidanceGovernment has published updated information for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak. They advise that during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, you should only use transport: • to get essential items, such as food or medicine • to go to support a vulnerable person • to get to work, if you cannot work from home • if you work in transport, for example you are a driver See the full guidance here.
  • PD Ports continues investment in environmentally sustainable technologyPD Ports has continued its investment into environmentally sustainable technology at Teesport as part of its continued commitment to reducing the Port’s carbon footprint. In December, PD Ports took delivery of three electric Rubber-Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes, supplied by Liebherr Container Cranes Limited, as part of the latest phase in the port operator’s container terminal expansion at Teesport. The RTGs, which stand at are more than 24 metres high and weigh 135 tonnes, are the first of PD Ports’ electrically powered fleet and a greener alternative to the existing diesel cr...

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  • £20.5m Warrington West railway station scoops top awardTHE £20.5 million Warrington West railway station in Chapelford has scooped a top award. Civil engineers from across the north west were invited to join an online awards ceremony to hear which people and projects had won a coveted ICE North West Civil Engineering Award.
  • Jim McMahon and Andy McDonaldMick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' trade union, has welcomed the news that Keir Starmer has appointed Jim McMahon as the new Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, and appointed Andy McDonald as the new Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights.
  • Wrangle over Hereford southern link road moneyLOCAL enterprise partnership bosses expect Herefordshire Council to pay back £3.8m it has already spent on the Hereford southern link road.

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