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Travel red list cut to seven countries 'a major step forward' - Grant Shapps

The transport secretary announces England's Covid travel red list is being cut to seven countries.

Nearly £2 million to be given to tech start-ups to power up the transport revolution

Entrepreneurs and innovators pioneering new ways of creating a better transport system will see their ideas brought to life from idea through to inception with thanks to government funding, Transport Minister Trudy Harrison has announced

Scottish ferry fiasco: Smaller, compact ships are the way to go, say experts [Subscription]

Scotland’s ferries are overstaffed “mini-cruise ships” with à la carte menus and a gymnasium when they need to be compact, agile crafts with “linoleum on the floors”, sensible seating and a canteen for sliced sausage rolls, maritime experts have said.

Integrated Rail Plan | When will it be published and what will be in it?

The future of the UK’s major rail projects including High Speed 2 (HS2) and Northern Powerhouse Rail has been hanging in the balance for much of 2021.

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  • Stagecoach in Wales reacts to Unite union demandsStagecoach in Wales has criticised the Unite union for fuelling what it says are ‘fantasy pay demands’ and threatening to disrupt bus services in Wales which it said provide a ‘lifeline’ for communities and businesses.
  • Mellor to embark upon ‘exciting’ next phase in UK growthMellor is set to receive significant investment and expects to undertake an ‘exciting’ repositioning of its business activities for 2022. The company says a focus on technology, people and facilities will be ‘front and centre’ of the next phase in the development of the Mellor brand as it moves to position itself as a major player in the UK bus market.
  • DfT introduces further PSVAR exemption for rail replacementChris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State for Transport, has written to the Rail Delivery Group to congratulate it on a providing a Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) compliance rate of 94% for both planned and unplanned services between May and July 2021.

  • First South West take control of Somerset Passenger SolutionsThe Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor construction staff transport service provider is now fully in FirstGroup ownership after it acquired the remaining shareholding from partner JJP Holdings

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  • Strike threats at Stagecoach and Arriva subsidiaries over payStagecoach South Wales and union Unite are set for talks with ACAS on Friday 8 October in a bid to avert a strike threat over drivers’ pay. It comes against a backdrop of growing industrial unrest over rates at several of the group’s subsidiaries and as strike action threatens to spread to Arriva’s operations in North Wales and the North West.
  • Diamond Bus starts to place battery-electric retrofits into serviceRotala subsidiary Diamond Bus has begun to introduce its first zero-emission vehicles to the West Midlands as part of a five-bus battery-electric retrofit project of existing diesel examples in partnership with electric drive systems specialist Magtec.
  • McGill’s ‘ready to invest’ in further zero-emission busesMcGill’s Buses has placed the first of its Yutong E12s into service in Renfrewshire and says that it is “ready to invest” to ensure that the transition to zero-emission bus operation

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