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CEO condemns UK government’s Covid response, saying lack of airport testing risks tens of thousands of jobsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe boss of Heathrow airport has warned that its west London home of Hounslow risks becoming like “a mining town in the 1980s” with the collapse in air traffic putting tens of thousands of jobs at risk.Heathrow’s chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, urged the government to approve its Covid-19 testing regime to enable more travel, as the airport reported 1.4 million passengers in August, less than one-fifth of its normal traffic f...

Motorway speed limit will be cut to 60mph to reduce emissions in badly-polluted areas

The trial project will be implemented on the M6 between junctions 6 and 7 near Birmingham; the M5 between junctions 1 and 2 at Oldbury; the M1 between junctions 33 and 34 and the M602 between junctions 1 to three near Eccles.

Outrage as CrossCountry cut off 'lifeline' rail services to rural Cambs

The axing of these services has meant some pupils have been unable to get to and from school

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  • Florida accused of push for 'roads to nowhere' under cover of pandemicCritics say the ‘m-cores’ project of 330 miles of toll roads, estimated to cost $26.4bn, is not needed and will destroy fragile ecosystemsOpponents of Florida’s largest highway construction project in decades say officials are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to advance three new unwanted toll roads that would destroy more than 50,000 acres of rural landscape and pave hundreds of miles through ecologically fragile wetlands and wildlife corridors.A diverse coalition of opposition groups fighting the state’s so-called m-cores project insists the 330 miles of new highways planned for south-wes...
  • Heathrow area risks fate of 1980s mining towns, says airport bossCEO condemns UK government’s Covid response, saying lack of airport testing risks tens of thousands of jobsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe boss of Heathrow airport has warned that its west London home of Hounslow risks becoming like “a mining town in the 1980s” with the collapse in air traffic putting tens of thousands of jobs at risk.Heathrow’s chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, urged the government to approve its Covid-19 testing regime to enable more travel, as the airport reported 1.4 million passengers in August, less than one-fifth of its normal traffic f...
  • Passengers furious at airlines' voucher policies in Covid crisisMany people who waived their right to refunds say vouchers are a nightmare to redeemCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn the first flush of the pandemic, millions of British travellers tried to be reasonable. With holiday hopes dashed and airlines and travel companies facing ruin, they agreed to accept vouchers instead of refunds.But now a great many say their benevolence has backfired as they are confronted with a nightmare maze of unexpected charges and hurdles when they try to use them to book new breaks. Continue reading...

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  • Four major rail freight companies come together at Mossend International Railfreight ParkFour main rail freight companies came together at Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP) with their electric and hybrid locomotives, in support of the decarbonisation of the logistics supply chain network. It is the first time they have been pictured together in one location. This rare photo opportunity coincided with the launch of the Scottish Governments Green Investment Portfolio, which saw Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop also at the MIRP site to promote market-ready projects seeking private capital that will help Scotland transition to a net-zero economy by 2045. The l...
  • Action taken to improve resilience of railway following Stonehaven tragedyNetwork Rails interim report on the Stonehaven tragedy, commissioned by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps immediately after the event, has been published, setting out immediate and long-term action to improve the railways resilience to extreme weather events, following the derailment of a passenger train in Aberdeenshire. While the report in no way pre-empts the outcome of formal independent investigations being carried out by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, or those by the Office of Rail and Road, British Transport Police and Police Scotland into the tragedy on Wedne...
  • Yodel announces plans for long-term strategic investment in new Northern super-hubYodel, the UKs leading independent parcel carrier, has announced plans for a long-term strategic investment in a new Northern super-hub to support the companys growth. The investment, which aims to protect all existing jobs while also creating new job opportunities for the wider region, will see a five-year transition from the existing Shaw hub. The upgrade is in response to growing parcel volumes, triggered by a series of new client wins and the dramatic increase in consumer demand for online retail, which has been turbo charged during the last four months as the Covid-19...

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  • HS2 Ltd: Five tech firms join Innovation Accelerator initiative HS2 Ltd have announced today (11 Sept) the first five revolutionary tech firms that will join HS2 Ltd’s Innovation Accelerator programme. The chosen five focus on HS2’s innovation challenges such as productivity; the environment; and the circular economy. Chosen out of 109...

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