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The funding would have been used to increase capacity on highways running through the proposed 4,000-home South Godstone Garden Community

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Mick Whelan, general secretary, has called on the government to help two open access operators – Hull Trains and Grand Central – which are furloughing rail staff.

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  • Airbus reduces jet production to cope with coronavirus crisisMove comes as expert predicts impact of virus on aviation industry will be worse than 9/11. Airbus is to slash the number of planes it builds by a third, amid expectations that the coronavirus pandemic will continue wreaking havoc on global aviation long after travel restrictions are eased.
  • Flights are grounded - is this the moment we give up our addiction to flying? | Nicole BadstuberIf the government ends up with a stake in the airline industry, it should steer transport policy towards a lower air-travel future. Passenger air travel has come to a virtual standstill. EasyJet has grounded its entire fleet, and Ryanair has announced it will not resume commercial flights before June. British Airways has elected to suspend 36,000 staff and has closed its operations at Gatwick and London City airports until further notice. Overall, passenger flights have decreased by up to 95%.

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  • UK airlines to save millions as navigation charges deferredAirlines will be able to temporarily defer the payment of air navigation charges, saving them tens of millions of pounds, following action from UK government. This measure should provide financial relief to airlines struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Airlines will be able to defer the payment of charges for air navigation services in UK and European airspace for the months of February-May 2020 for up to 14 months. In February, the 10 largest UK airlines would have been expected to pay a total of £47.2 million for flights in European airspace. EUROCONTROL, the organisat...

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  • Rail 900: Has the franchising question been answered at last?Things are too busy and exciting in the rail industry to spend the whole of this column looking back but it is certainly a worthwhile exercise. History may never quite repeat itself, but there are always lessons to be learnt, and a look at franchising is rather timely given recent events.

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  • Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations Network Rail’s station teams are inviting the public to send in home-made pictures of rainbows with a railway theme, which will be displayed at Bristol Temple Meads, Reading and London Paddington. The railway rainbow-themed images are hoped to boost morale for station teams and passengers...
  • Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has published an open letter to RDG asking the industry to proceed in their work ensuring that rail travel continues to operate throughout the coronavirus outbreak. He opened the letter by thanking them for their regular updates throughout the outbreak and the...


  • Government issues urgent PPE requirements request to rail industry RAIL businesses which need anti-virus personal protection equipment for their staff are being urged to send details of their requirements to the Department of Health and Social Care today (8 April). The Department said all requests will be considered against ˜clinical criteria™.


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  • Air pollution link to Covid-19 deathsPeople exposed to polluted air are more likely to die from Covid-19, according to American research. Scientists at Harvard found that even tiny increases in historic exposure to airborne particulates appears to increase the death rate by 15 per cent. Acute respiratory distress syndrome is associated with Covid-19-related deaths, as well as other respiratory and heart problems. And it’s known… The post Air pollution link to Covid-19 deaths appeared first on ETA.

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