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The Department for Transport is today (Wednesday 28th of July) unveiling a range of initiatives to remove barriers and improve confidence for disabled people as they return to trains, buses, and taxis after the pandemic.
“Britain is at a work/life balance tipping point” as it is revealed 124 million holiday days have been missed due to Covid-19
- New research reveals that on average Brits skipped four days of annual leave last year due to the pandemic – amounting to over 124 million missed days as a nation, according to new research by the rail industry
- Approximately half (47%) of working adults in the UK have worked additional hours during the pandemic
- This work/life balance creep has left Britain at a tipping point, says psychologist Dr. Sarah Vohra, with two in five (40%) of those that have worked longer hours stating they’re experiencing feelings of burn out
- Ahead of restrictions lifting next week, rail advocate and British adventurer Ben Fogle is supporting the rail industry’s ‘Life is back on track campaign’, by highlighting the importance of taking a day off to rediscover Britain by train and offering people the chance to win a year of free rail travel
In response to the government's publication of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050, Andy Bagnall, Director General of the Rail Delivery Group, said:
Statement following an announcement by the Prime Minister that restrictions will be eased from Monday 19 July.
Government must support shifting freight from road to rail for a greener economic recovery, says rail industry
- Rail Delivery Group (RDG), on behalf of its freight operator members, is calling on government to introduce policies that will improve infrastructure and connectivity resulting in increased use of rail freight
- Freight companies say a modal shift from roads to rail will grow the economic and environmental benefits across the UK
- Rail freight already delivers £2.45 billion of economic benefits to the UK and removes the need for 7 million lorry journeys a year
Comment following the Prime Minister's press conference in which he set out plans for the final step of the government's roadmap in England.
Cutting air passenger duty on domestic flights could put 1,000 extra planes in the air, warns rail industry
- Government should not cut domestic air passenger duty (APD) on flights where the journey can be made by rail in under five hours
- Cutting APD in half would see an estimated 222,000 passengers a year shift from rail to air, equivalent to over 1,000 extra flights
- Encouraging such a shift from rail to air could increase carbon emissions by an estimated 27,000 tonnes (27KtCO2e) a year
Comment on the Enabling Framework Agreement between trades unions and rail companies, which was published earlier today.
Rail passenger journeys in Great Britain fell to the lowest levels of annual passenger usage since at least before 1872, when records started, according to official statistics from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).