Posts for Travel

Mayflower 400: the science of sailing across the ocean in 1620

Jonathan Ridley, Solent University It is July 1620 in Southampton, England. Arriving into port is the Speedwell, a ship carrying a small religious group from the Netherlands. Anchored just off of the west quay of the town is the Mayflower, a larger ship with more passengers aboard, which is loading […]

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Why a UK ‘cycling and walking revolution’ won’t reduce car travel

David Metz, UCL UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced £2 billion to create thousands of miles of protected bike lanes and pedestrian space. There are lots of good reasons to encourage walking and cycling – active travel, as it’s called. The pandemic necessitates social distancing on public transport, which […]

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Are drivers set to be fleeced for moving traffic offences?

From RAC: The enforcement of moving traffic offences such as stopping on a yellow box junction, making an illegal turn or driving down a ‘no entry’ road raked in a staggering £58.2m in 2018/19 for authorities – 25% (£11.5m) more than in 2016/17 (£46.7m), according to data seen by the […]

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People take to driving abroad for their holidays

An estimated 5m drivers hope to take a holiday across the Channel by car this summer, with three-in-10 of these (1.6m) shunning air travel and doing so for the first time, research for RAC Europe suggests. Have certainly noticed that locally, with many people going off to France, etc., as […]

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Get on your bike …

Thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes, cycle training for everyone and bikes available on prescription will be rolled out under new plans to overhaul cycling (and walking) in England launched by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (Tuesday 28 July). There is a lot of info about cycling but […]

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60mph through roadworks the new normal

Highways England is to increase the basic speed limit at which motorists can drive through roadworks. That’s 10mph faster than the current 50mph norm. The move comes in response to feedback from road users who said they were frustrated at not being able to go quicker. And the results show […]

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Why going camping could be the answer to your lockdown holiday woes

Pexels Carol Southall, Staffordshire University For many of us, the forced confinement of lockdown has reiterated the importance of being out and about in nature – along with the benefits it can bring. So as the UK begins to reopen, it’s likely that many people will be craving space away […]

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Coronavirus regs update – inc tests for every care home

The Government says:   Tests for care homes All eligible care homes who need them will have received tests regardless of symptoms, with kits being delivered across the country. Since the launch of whole care home testing, the government has provided 1,071,103 test kits to 8,984 care homes, and we […]

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Face coverings compulsory on public transport

The government will work with operators to make it mandatory for passengers to wear face coverings when using public transport in England, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on 4 June 2020. Wherever possible people should continue to avoid public transport and walk, cycle or drive, but for some people, […]

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New border measures introduced

The Government’s own words on quarantine:   The rules covering new measures to be imposed at the UK border from next week to protect against coronavirus will be published on 3 June 2020. The self-isolation measures being introduced from Monday are designed to prevent new cases being brought in from […]

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