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The nationalised shipyard building two overdue CalMac ferries finds it hard to recruit extra skilled workers.

Welsh Government hand out £70 million loan to reopen rail link closed in 1960s

A £70 million loan to progress plans to re-open the rail line between Newport and Ebbw Vale has been accepted by Blaenau Gwent council.

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  • UK criticised for ignoring Paris climate goals in infrastructure decisionsProminent scientists and lawyers have said the UK government’s decision to ignore the Paris climate agreement when deciding on major infrastructure projects undermines its presidency of UN climate talks this year.
  • Why vast projects such as HS2 could be best route for UK steel industryChange in procurement rules would ensure steel used comes from British producers wherever possible
  • Finally, a route out of bus privatisation | LettersPhilip Bisatt and Fran Postlethwaite hope that Andy Burnham's move to end the deregulation of bus services in Greater Manchester will be adopted by other transport authorities It is good to read that bus deregulation is to end in Greater Manchester, 35 years after being introduced by the 1985 Transport Act (Greater Manchester bus services to be brought under public control, 25 March).Bus deregulation has arguably been one of the worst legacies of the Thatcher years.
  • Who pays for Suez blockage? Ever Given grounding could spark years of litigationShip likely to be centre of protracted legal battle over what caused it to run aground in the Suez and who is to blameAfter hauling its 220,000-ton bulk down the Suez canal a week after blocking the essential waterway, the Ever Given container ship is likely to become the centre of a protracted battle over who will pay for its rescue.The 400-metre-long vessel was aground on the banks of the Suez canal for a week, causing an estimated £7bn loss each day in trade owing to ships stuck on either side, and up to £10.9m a day for the canal. “We managed to refloat the ship in record time.

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  • Suez Canal reopens after giant stranded ship is freedTraffic has resumed in Egypt's Suez Canal after a stranded container ship blocking it for nearly a week was finally freed by salvage crews. Tug boats honked their horns in celebration as the 400m-long (1,300ft) Ever Given was dislodged on Monday with the help of dredgers. Hundreds of ships are waiting to pass through the canal which links the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. It is one of the world's busiest trade routes. Peter Berdowski, CEO of Dutch salvage company Boskalis, said the Ever Given had been refloated at 15:05 (13:05 GMT) on Monday,

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  • £900m Heathrow rail link comes to a stand stillInitially earmarked to begin construction this year, plans to build a western rail link has been brought to a “controlled pause” due to the impact of Covid-19 on the aviation industry, raising concerns whether project may ever be implemented.

Railway Gazette

  • International rail travel revival endorsed by European stakeholdersEUROPE: Stakeholders from across the rail sector have endorsed political proposals for the revitalisation and expansion of international passenger services, and committed to assist with future development to make rail ‘the preferred mode’ for international travel.

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