Posts for Travel

RAC warns low car use may lead to flat batteries

From RAC: The RAC is reminding drivers to take steps over Christmas to reduce the chances of starting 2021 with a flat battery breakdown, something it is warning is more likely than ever as a result of changing car use caused by the pandemic. The first working day of January […]

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Potholes are the most widespread motoring concern

Must admit, having once had to reverse on a single track road, I hit a deep pothole filled with water. The resulting damage cost me over £400. It made me pretty wary. Despite a dramatic fall in car use seen during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, the poor […]

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Christmas travel update

The government has today (3 December 2020) outlined a series of measures focused on minimising disruption and helping people travel safely over the Christmas period, while urging passengers to plan their journeys carefully, consider quieter routes and where possible book ahead. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a  plan for […]

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Lastminute.com ordered to refund cancelled package holidays

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating lastminute.com after receiving hundreds of complaints that people were not receiving refunds for package holidays cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More than 9,000 customers whose holidays were cancelled by lastminute.com are currently awaiting refunds, amounting to over £7 million. […]

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Change of journey fees waived for students coming home

Students who had already booked train tickets to travel home for Christmas before the announcement of the student travel window can now rebook their tickets to travel between 3 to 9 December (2020) without paying additional fees. Students who bought an Advance ticket before 11 November (2020) for a date […]

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The dangers of inattention around roadworks

Highways England is urging motorists to drive carefully through roadworks as it reveals new research and shocking footage that show the dangers of not paying attention. Latest data shows road workers have reported around 6,500 incidents over three years of drivers going through cones and into roadworks sites – an […]

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A car is a bonus in a pandemic

From the RAC:   More than half of UK drivers (57%) say having access to a car is more important than it was before the coronavirus pandemic, with reluctance to use public transport in the future at its highest level in 18 years, research for the RAC’s annual Report on Motoring […]

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Visitors from Denmark not allowed into UK

This is rather weird. All pertaining to Covid in mink farms in Denmark (which in my view shouldn’t exist anyway). The government has responded to the latest developments in Covid found in Danish mink farms by bringing in a number of measures. From 4am, Saturday 7 November 2020, the Home […]

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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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