TfWM offer free travel for all NHS staff

TfWM offer free travel for all NHS staff

Transport for West Midlands has announced that NHS staff will be able to travel for free on buses and trams across the West Midlands as they tackle coronavirus. Key workers will need to show their NHS pass when boarding buses in the region and the West Midlands Metro. The announcement comes as demand drops across…

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Grant Shapps announces new funding for buses

Grant Shapps announces new funding for buses

Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps announced that bus operators will receive a funding boost totalling £167 million over 3 months under the new COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant. As a condition of the funding, bus operators will be required to maintain necessary services at a level which is “sufficient to meet much reduced…

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National Express coach services to be suspended

National Express coach services to be suspended

The Guardian has reported that National Express will suspend coach services from midnight on Sunday 5 April after government measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus hit demand from travellers. The company has already reduced services and experienced a fall in passenger numbers as people heed government advice to make essential journeys only. Journeys…

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Manchester bus firms get fast-tracked £5.6m taxpayer boost

Manchester bus firms get fast-tracked £5.6m taxpayer boost

Manchester Evenings has reported that Transport for Greater Manchester have fast-tracked payments to bus operators to ensure routes for key workers are kept operational. Usually these payments are made mid-way through the month, but in April the transfer has taken place early as bus firms struggle with passenger losses of up to 85 per cent…

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Network Rail supports key workers with free parking

Network Rail supports key workers with free parking

Network Rail has announced that it is offering key workers free parking at 24 locations across Britain, as the country responds to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Key workers from nurses and carers, to transport workers and supermarket employees, can park for free at locations across the country, including at London Paddington, Birmingham New Street and…

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Labour publish plan for integrated publicly owned railways

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The Labour Party has published GB Rail, outlining the ways out the Party wish to reform Britain’s railway network. The paper provides a policy outline for fares, integration, ownership, accountability and investment. Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald has stated that the plans will provide “a guiding mind in charge of the whole network; a railway…

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Sadiq Khan warns ‘stop tube travel’

Sadiq Khan warns ‘stop tube travel’

Evening Standard has reported that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned London commuters against overcrowding the underground and passenger trains. Travellers took to social media to report how carriages remained packed despite clear instructions for people to stay at home. The Mayor demanded employers allowed their staff to work from home “unless it’s absolutely…

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Emergency support for the Scottish bus industry

Emergency support for the Scottish bus industry

The Scottish Government will provide bus operators with additional financial assistance to maintain essential services. This is intended to offset the impact that reduced demand is having on the viability of local services for key workers and to protect the industry for the future. Operators will receive additional payments matching the difference between actual payments…

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