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  • 'Absolutely fanciful': Boris Johnson's new deal not Rooseveltian, say criticsThe PM wants to be put on the same pedestal as Franklin D Roosevelt as he unveils £5bn capital projectsBoris Johnson will seek to wrap himself in the mantle of one of the most-revered American presidents in modern times on Tuesday, as he attempts to refocus his premiership by promising a “New Deal” for Britain in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.According to pre-released extracts, Johnson’s speech will highlight projects worth £5bn, which he will “accelerate”, including improvements to schools and hospitals, and “shovel ready” schemes such as parks improvements. Continue reading...

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  • 15 million boost to bring better rail journeys to the North EastThousands of passengers in the North East of England are set to benefit from more frequent, reliable rail services and better connections, thanks to 15 million of government investment, the Transport Secretary has announced today (29 June 2020). Horden Station in Durham will open to passengers for the first time today. It will be served by one train per hour calling at all stations between Newcastle and Middlesbrough. This restores a vital link for up to 70,000 passengers in an area that hasnt had a station in a 20 kilometre stretch after the previous station was closed followin...
  • Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in EnglandThe Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that learners can resume driving lessons and motorcycle training in England from Saturday 4 July 2020. The rule applies to all types of driver and motorcycle training in England, including private practice with someone you live with or in your support bubble. Theory tests will restart in England on Saturday 4 July. The tests will take place with social distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Car driving tests will restart in England on Wednesday 22 July, which will give learner drivers time to have ref...
  • Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 AugustMandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, Roads minister Baroness Vere has announced today (29 June 2020). Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are eased when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle. MOT tests are important for road safety and ensure that vehicle parts, includ...

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  • Soham station given the go-ahead On Friday (June 26th) proposals to construct a new station for Soham were confirmed by East Cambridgeshire District Council. Working alongside with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, led by Mayor James Palmer, who have provided the necessary funding to build the station...
  • West Midlands Trains reveals thousands of extra seats following extended timetable From Monday (July 6th) West Midlands Trains is adding thousands of extra seats to its timetable as the surge and demand for train travel grows following the easing of lockdown restrictions. Despite the increased services, the advice remains the same to only travel when necessary. Passengers are...

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