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  • Get this message over to airlines … stop passing the buck over refundsThe law is clear ... it’s the airline that cancels that is obliged to provide a full refund within seven daysI booked Virgin Atlantic flights to the US through Opodo and have been told I must accept a voucher rather than a refund. I am a 71-year-old widow and do not know if I will be fit enough to travel in 2021. I am in lockdown because of my age and health, and am in tears of frustration at the number of times I have tried to contact Opodo and Virgin Atlantic. Virgin Atlantic tells me I should obtain a refund from Opodo and Opodo tells me it is contacting Virgin Atlantic on my behalf, but I ...
  • Road to net zero: what the Committee on Climate Change recommendsThe government adviser publishes its progress report today. Here are the areas it says require urgent attentionAct fast to stop UK carbon emission rebound, climate advisers urge The government’s statutory adviser, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), publishes its progress report on Thursday on efforts to cut emissions. This is what it says needs to happen urgently if the UK is to reach its target of hitting net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Continue reading...

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  • Safeguarding directions for High Speed 2 Phase 2aStatement on the progress of the Phase 2a Bill through Parliament and publication of revised safeguarding directions for the whole of the Phase 2a route. By Andrew Stephenson MP. Motions to revive the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill, known as the Phase 2a Bill, have now been passed in each House, and the Bill was re-introduced on Tuesday 3 March. I look forward to the progression of the Bill as it nears its final stages. I am today publishing revised safeguarding directions for the whole of the Phase 2a route. These safeguarding directions reflect the amendments (and there...


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  • Urban Transport Group expands reach as Transport for Wales joins ranks Wednesday, June 24, 2020   Topic:  Bus Regional and Urban Rail Sustainability
  • Transport for Wales joins Urban Transport GroupUTG chair says Transport for Wales offers ‘unique perspective’     The Urban Transport Group has announced that Transport for Wales is joining the network as an Associate Member. Transport for Wales joins the existing 13-strong membership of transport authorities, with full Members in Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, London, Sheffield City Region, Tyne and Wear, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire, and Associate Members in Strathclyde, the West of England, Tees Valley, Nottingham and Northern Ireland. The not-for-profit company which has been tasked with drivin...
  • Zenobe secures £20m for electric bus rolloutFunding will assist with electric bus expansion     Zenobe Energy, one of the UK’s largest independent owners and operators of battery storage, has secured up to £20m of contracted receivables funding from NatWest Specialist Structured Finance, to support the continued growth of the company. The funding is the first financing arrangement to support electric bus and charging infrastructure provided under service contracts to bus operators. NatWest provides funding which is secured against the cashflows generated by Zenobe’s contracts with the operators to provide charging infrastructu...
  • How realistic is electrification?  There is a movement towards adoption of electric propulsion on the roads and railways – but it may not be the best way forward     Network Rail and others have expressed the view that wider electrification of the railway network should be pursued. This is despite several curtailed schemes and a longstanding history of never achieving electrification on the scale achieved by other national railway networks. The current compromise of bi- and tri-mode trains overcomes the problem to some extent but the goal of comprehensive routes continues to elude. The Midland Main Line s...
  • CCC: Covid-19 recovery a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to spur net-zero transition Producing a Covid-19 recovery plan which is fully aligned with the UK's 2050 net-zero climate target is "absolutely necessary and entirely possible" with strong coordination across Whitehall, Ministers have been told by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

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