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Plan could allow Britons to holiday in Spain, Italy and other countries without quarantining on return Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are in talks to create “air bridges” with a number of “core” European countries including Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Turkey and Croatia to let holidaymakers go abroad this summer without having to quarantine on their return.Austria and Germany are also among the countries officials are considering, the Guardian understands. There are hopes an announcement will be made before the UK quarantine programme is officially revi...

UK's 'first commercial-scale electric flight' hailed a success

ZeroAvia, a leading innovator in decarbonising commercial aviation, has conducted the 'first electric-powered flight of a commercial-scale' aircraft carried out in the UK.

Invest in key infrastructure now to create over 1m jobs, urges TUC

'Investing in infrastructure now... will stop the devastation of mass unemployment,' says Trades Union Congress

Thousands of jobs set to be lost in car sector crash, warns Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders [Subscription]

Up to one in six jobs in Britains 18.6 billion automotive sector are at risk of redundancy, the industrys trade association has warned.

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  • UK ministers in talks to create air bridges with 'core' European nationsPlan could allow Britons to holiday in Spain, Italy and other countries without quarantining on return Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are in talks to create “air bridges” with a number of “core” European countries including Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Turkey and Croatia to let holidaymakers go abroad this summer without having to quarantine on their return.Austria and Germany are also among the countries officials are considering, the Guardian understands. There are hopes an announcement will be made before the UK quarantine programme is officially revi...

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  • Thousands of hours in delays to be saved as UK’s first mainline digital railway introducedThe East Coast Main Line is set to become Britains first mainline digital rail link with 350 million of new investment to install state-of-the art electronic signalling designed to cut journey times and slash delays. This huge cash injection on top of 1.2 billion already earmarked to upgrade one of the countrys most important rail arteries will fund the replacement of conventional signalling with a digital system that allows trains to talk to the track. This will smooth the flow of trains, make journeys safer and reduce signal failures that every ye...
  • 73.5 million to boost green economic recovery in automotive sectorBritains automotive industry is set to benefit from a 73.5 million government investment to develop green technologies and safeguard jobs, Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi announced today (Tuesday 23 June). Ten projects across the UK will receive a share of this new investment to develop cutting-edge technology for the next generation of electric taxis, cars and vans including recyclable batteries, advanced electrical systems and ultra-lightweight components. This funding will contribute to the automotive sectors recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by safeguard...
  • UK inflation rate at fresh four-year low as fuel prices slumpA record fall in fuel prices, including petrol, pushed the UK's inflation rate down to 0.5% in May, the second full month of the coronavirus lockdown. Fuel prices declined by 16.7% during the month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, dragging the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) to the lowest level since June 2016. Supermarkets were among the few shops allowed to open in May and food prices rose, the ONS said. May's inflation rate was down from 0.8% in April, the first full month of the pandemic lockdown. Clothing and footwear prices fell 3.1% amid heavy discounting.
  • Aer Lingus to cut up to 500 jobs due to pandemicAer Lingus is set to cut as many as 500 jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier said it had been operating at five percent of its capacity due to lockdown restrictions. It said the uncertainty caused by the 14-day quarantine period for arrivals had also contributed. The company said the pandemic had had a
  • How a Manchester motorway could soon get its missing linkThe only motorway in England which drivers need to come off to continue their journey on the same motorway could be about to get its missing link. The anomaly was created when the M60 was formed 20 years ago, connecting several existing motorways with a new stretch of motorway to form a 36-mile ring road around Manchester. The current set up means drivers travelling eastbound on the M60 at junction 18 near Prestwich, known locally as Simister Island, soon find themselves on the M62 on their way to Leeds if they dont use a roundabout to reach the southbound section of the M60. Highways ...
  • UK auto industry calls for restart support as Covid crisis threatens one in six jobsThe harsh reality of the Covid crisis for the UKs 18.6 billion automotive sector is laid bare by a new survey from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The survey reveals that up to one in six jobs are at risk of redundancy. With a third of automotive workers still furloughed, the end of the governments job retention lifeline in November highlights the critical need for a dedicated restart support package to safeguard these jobs. More than 6,000 UK automotive job cuts have been announced in June, a result of global lockdowns, closed markets and shuttered ...

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  • Consultation shows support for franchising83% support proposals as bus operators offer partnership-based alternatives The vast majority of respondents to a consultation on how buses are run in Greater Manchester support proposals for the combined authority’s plans for a franchising scheme. In total 8,516 people and organisations took part in the public consultation on the proposed franchising scheme that ran between October 2019 to January 2020. TfGM and independent research agency Ipsos MORI have reviewed, analysed and summarised all responses to the consultation in two reports. Ipsos MORI have also analysed qualitative...
  • Do we really want to return to traffic jams?Go-Ahead chief executive calls for government to back Britains buses David Brown, the chief executive of The Go-Ahead Group, has called on the government to launch a three-point plan to put the bus at the centre of planning for a green, post-Covid Britain. In an article for the Red Box column in The Times, Brown said the bus industry was at a crossroads and that public messaging to avoid public transport has meant confidence in using buses has fallen despite the vital role they play. We know the challenge we face to encourage people back on to the bus, wrote ...
  • Two-thirds of bus users willing to returnBus Users Twitter poll offers insights on how people feel about getting back on the bus Two-thirds of bus users are willing to continue using buses, according to a Twitter survey by Bus Users. The survey, which attracted nearly 1,500 responses, sought information on the extent and nature of peoples concerns around bus travel as the rules on lockdown are eased. It was launched to coincide with face coverings becoming mandatory on public transport in England. The survey asked five key questions: Are you able to wear a face covering? Are you aware of safety measures put in pl...
  • Commuters planning to shun public transportCovid-19 pandemic predicted to make dramatic changes in UK workplace travel patterns A survey of commuters found that more than a third of those who previously used public transport were not planning to return once the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. In May, 829 commuters from 49 employers from across England were surveyed by sustainable transport consultancy Go Travel Solutions on how they expected their travel behaviours to change because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The results reflect dramatic changes expected in use of public transport, cycling, walking, car use and home wor...
  • Gatwick workers' fears over British Airways job cutsAIRLINE staff fear they will be “left on the scrapheap” over job loss plans.
  • Brighton taxi drivers 'have never had it this bad'LONG-SERVING taxi drivers are giving up as their takings plummet in the coronavirus crisis.

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