Britons will be officially encouraged to start cycling to work as part of a national transport plan designed to reopen the economy without causing a spike in coronavirus infections. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is finalising plans – set to be announced in the coming days – to discourage the use of public transport, promote cycling and help those without cars to get around where necessary.
iNews 7th May 2020 read more »
Will people want to travel in the same way as before? There is a real push-pull between the desire to holiday and the desire to stay safe. We don’t yet know what the logistics of foreign travel will be – how we might be expected to socially distance on aeroplanes, how we might navigate airports, will we be expected to quarantine on arrival? Here, the government has given Easyjet a £600 million loan with no similar promise in return. The environment must be prioritised in our economic recovery and that means fewer flights. We can be forced now to take fewer flights by simply having fewer flights on offer to us and now is the ideal time to implement that as the “stay at home” message rings in our ears. By no means should airlines be left to fail but smarter, harder deals must be drawn for the sake of our economic and environmental futures.
Herald 8th May 2020 read more »