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Coronavirus: No extra help for airlines, chancellor says

The UK chancellor has told airlines to find other forms of funding and not turn first to the government for help getting through the coronavirus crisis.

Crossrail and HS2 put on hold amid safety fears [subscription]

Work on some of Britainís biggest infrastructure projects was halted or scaled back yesterday.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

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  • Coronavirus: SMS messagesThe government is texting people across the UK to inform them of the new rules announced by the Prime Minister

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  • The UK airline industry should first ask their own shareholders for bailoutsCarriers such as IAG and easyJet have boasted of healthy cash balances ‚Äď it‚Äôs the regional airports more worthy of Treasury helpRishi Sunak is right: airlines should ask their own shareholders for a bailout before they tap up the Treasury for public money.The chancellor‚Äôs stance can be considered a U-turn since he seemed only last week to be ready to regard aviation as a special case. But a lot can happen in a few days and, in the interim, Sunak unveiled his flagship ‚Äúfurlough‚ÄĚ scheme to keep workers in jobs by paying 80% of wages, up to ¬£2,500 a month. That‚Äôs a huge help for all service indus...

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  • Massive expansion of testing and protections needed to protect supply chainsThe British Ports Association is calling on Government to broaden the scope of testing and ensure that those working to keep the country supplied with imported food, energy and medicines are protected. † The ports industry is cooperating very closely with the Department for Transport and other agencies and the sector understands and supports the need to prioritise clinical staff and frontline emergency workers. † As soon as capacity can be made available for wider testing, this should be extended to key workers in the transport and logistics sector to ensure that food, energy and oth...

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  • Birmingham New Street has opened an NHS outpatient clinic From today (Mar 24th), Network Rail has opened an empty shop at Birmingham New Street station for an NHS outpatient clinic. This will allow patients to have routine blood tests away from hospitals. The space will be open for medics for sixth months to alleviate pressure on Midlands hospitals as...

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  • Protests as London Underground trains stay crowded Pictures of rush hour crowds on the London Underground have sparked protests, amid claims that Tube drivers are ėfuriousô about the situation. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has backed entreaties from central government that anyone who can possibly work from home should do so, while the rail unions have issued a joint statement saying ėAs railway workers, we cannot work at home. But we plead with the travelling public, if you can work from home, please do.ô
  • Crossrail work suspended during coronavirus emergency Work on Transport for London and Crossrail construction sites has been temporarily suspended, in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus. London transport commissioner Mike Brown said: ėThe Government and the Mayor have given clear instructions to stay safe and to stop travelling in all cases other than critical workers making absolutely essential journeys. ėIn line with this, TfL and Crossrail will be bringing all project sites to a temporary Safe Stop unless they need to continue for operational safety reasons. This means that work on all such projects will be temporarily suspended as soon...

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