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April 2021

Open Access Government April 2021

The April 2021 edition of Open Access Government speaks about government policy issues globally, like COVID-19, health & social care, research & innovation, finance, digital transformation, agriculture, environment and energy.
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The Brazilian COVID mutation has been found in the UK

The UK has found six confirmed cases of the Brazilian COVID mutation yesterday (28 February) - but an individual who tested positive three weeks ago is still being traced throughout the country.
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Residents flying to the UK must pay £1,750 for quarantine hotel

Residents flying from any of the 33 "red-list" countries will now have to pay online for a quarantine hotel before travelling - which includes two COVID tests that will now be made mandatory.
January 2021

Open Access Government January 2021

The January 2021 edition of Open Access Government discusses global government policy issues, such as COVID-19, health & social care, research & innovation, digital transformation, economic development, agriculture, environment and energy.
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The Value of Travel Time

Here, MoTiV discuss the value of choosing different modes of transport and the importance of travel time.

Implementing the new Blue Badge digital service process

With the Department for Transport’s new Blue Badge digital process now live, Hannah Buckley, Operations Supervisor at Kent County Council, talks through the Council’s strategy and transformative approach in responding to the challenges and timeframes.
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Cyclists and pedestrians to be protected under new road safety laws

The Department for Transport plans to update road safety laws to protect vulnerable road users in a bid to encourage more of us to take to two wheels to get around.
Inclusive Transport Strategy

New government strategy to improve all travel for people with disabilities

The Department for Transport has set out its Inclusive Transport Strategy, which will improve accessibility across all types of travel for those with both visible and less visible disabilities.

Commuters to be hit by rise in rail fares in January

From January 2018, millions of rail users in the UK will see a 3.6% increase in regulated rail fares

HS2 takes a major step forward

Phase one of HS2 has made major strides this week with the first formal signing of contracts for the UK’s new high speed railway

Creating a modern transportation network for Canada

Marc Garneau, Minister for Transport in Canada outlines the importance of the transportation network for Canadian communities as well as the economy
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Great Western failings cause concern for future rail projects

A report says the government must learn from serious failings in the design, planning and cost-estimating of the Great Western railway modernisation project Significant failings in the management of the Great Western railway’s modernisation raise concerns about the Department for Transport and Network Rail’s ability to manage similar projects in...
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Smart parking and traffic management tech get £4m boost

Roads Minister announces £4 million in project funding for smart parking, traffic management and charging point availability technology across England The government is awarding £4 million in funding for technologies designed to cut congestion, improve access to electric vehicle charging, and speed up road journeys. Apps which give motorists advance notice...
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Hunt for HS2 train builders begins

Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary, has kicked off the process to award the contract for HS2 train builders, with 60 high-spec trains required The hunt is officially on for a company to design, build and maintain a fleet of high-speed trains for Britain’s HS2 network. Up to 60 high specification trains...
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PAN-LNG Project: Developing Trans-European transport in Hungary

With funding from the Connecting Europe Facility, the PAN-LNG Project is developing Trans-European transport infrastructure, starting in Hungary MGKKE, the Hungarian NGV Association, developed the PAN-LNG Project for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelling infrastructure, which has been selected in 2015 for co-financed by the INEA under the Connecting Europe...
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Local road funding gains £1.2bn government boost

The government has announced £1.2bn local road funding is to be shared between councils to upgrade the network, cut congestion and improve journey times
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Changes to England’s railway network announced

An overhaul of England’s railway network announced by Transport Minister Chris Grayling aims to put passengers at the heart of delivery Grayling aims to bring track and train operations closer together, as well as delivering better and more reliable services to passengers. As part of the new railway network plans, the...
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Ministers finally approve a third runway at Heathrow Airport

After significant debate Ministers have approved the decision to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport Heathrow Airport is set to be expanded following a long campaign. Heathrow was locked in battle with rival airport Gatwick over where expansion should occur. Now, Ministers have finally put the issue to bed...

Implementing road safety management

Tim Sparey BSI Tutor Delivery Manager and Janine Behrens Senior Global Portfolio Manager, Risk at BSI discuss the benefits of implementing road traffic safety management systems and reducing road risk Road safety management is a concern not just for businesses and organisations who need to ensure that it is part...
The first bio-bus in the UK goes into service

The first bio-bus in the UK goes into service

The first UK bus powered by human and food waste has gone into service between the cities of Bristol and Bath. The UK's first bus to run on biomethane gas has been launched. The 40-seat “Bio-Bus” can travel up to 300km (186 miles) on one tank of gas. This takes...

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