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Digital 'health passport' trials under way to aid reopening of borders

CommonPass aims to create common standard proving a traveller is Covid-free or vaccinated. A new digital health passport is to be piloted by a small number of passengers flying from the UK to the US for the first time next week under plans for a global framework for Covid-safe air travel.The CommonPass system, backed by the World Economic Forum (WEF), is designed to create a common international standard for passengers to demonstrate they do not have coronavirus

Transport Secretary admits new cycle lanes are leaving roads 'backed up' with traffic [subscription]

Grant Shapps warns he is 'not prepared to tolerate' badly designed closures and cycle lanes, imposing 'sweeping changes' to communities

Sunday, 18 October 2020

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  • Digital 'health passport' trials under way to aid reopening of bordersCommonPass aims to create common standard proving a traveller is Covid-free or vaccinated. A new digital health passport is to be piloted by a small number of passengers flying from the UK to the US for the first time next week under plans for a global framework for Covid-safe air travel.The CommonPass system, backed by the World Economic Forum (WEF), is designed to create a common international standard for passengers to demonstrate they do not have coronavirus

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  • The Government must steer us out of Covid transport chaos [subscription]At last, someone is getting a grip on the chaos on Britain’s roads. Since the start of the pandemic, drivers have been subjected to a gamut of ridiculous new restrictions on their ability to get around. Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, decided that Covid necessitated a transformation in travel, and called on local authorities to refashion their roads, with the aim of making it easier to walk and cycle. The result has been a mess: road closures that have merely diverted traffic onto other routes and caused congestion, “pop-up” cycle lanes that are rarely used, and street narrowing programmes that have put people off visiting local high streets.
  • Are jetpacks and air taxis the future of personal transport? [subscription]need a jetpack. Actually, make it a flying car. No, wait — what I desperately need is one of those levitating motorcycles that they race around on in the Star Wars films. You know the ones, where the driver is bent over like a jockey? Yeah, gimme one of those. My Toyota Prius does stupendous mileage to the gallon but it is just too pedestrian. I need to fly to work, hover down the street for a loaf of bread, glide over the gridlock just so I can look down — figuratively and literally — on all those “groundies”. Suckers.

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  • York station booking office "insult to travelling public"THE new booking office at York Station is an absolute insult to the travelling public. The old office, during busy periods,would have a staff of four or five assisting up to 30 to 40 travellers. The new kiosk appears to have facilities to accommodate a maximum of two staff and half a dozen members of the public.

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  • Vital rail services protected through new deal with Arriva CrossCountryVital long-distance rail services that people the length of Great Britain rely upon will continue to run and support the UK’s recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19), thanks to a new contract signed between the government and Arriva CrossCountry. Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced today (16 October 2020) that Arriva CrossCountry, which has run the service since 2007, will continue to operate the franchise for 3 more years until October 2023. This will provide certainty for passengers and staff as the future direction of rail reform takes shape. As people return to the railway...

Railway Gazette

  • Amsterdam – Wien sleeper train testingNETHERLANDS: Trial running has been completed for the operation of Nightjet sleeper trains between Amsterdam and Wien from the December timetable change, when Amsterdam will rejoin the network of European overnight trains for the first time since 2016.

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