Travel UK update live: latest news as redlist changes and expected testing
Pre-departure testing for the UK could be canceled when Transport Secretary Grant Shapps reveals large-scale changes to Europe’s most onerous travel restrictions.
Right now, the UK has the highest infection rates of any major country in Europe, but it also has the strictest rules on arrivals.
Leaks at Financial Time say travelers to the UK may not have to take a ‘test to fly’ prior to departure.
As the days pass until the airline’s summer season ends in late October, travel agencies are desperate for an increase in bookings.
The exact timing of the DfT’s announcement is unclear, but sources suggest it will be announced in a statement or press conference tomorrow, September 17.
In other news, Jet2 chief executive Steve Heapy said Sage – the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies – had “too much influence in government.”
Speaking at Travel Weekly’s Future of Travel conference yesterday, Heapy said about changing travel rules, it looks like “everything we expected will be watered down.”
Follow the latest travel news below:
Which countries could be removed from the red list tomorrow?
Along with a relaxation of the testing regime for fully vaccinated travelers in the UK, it is likely that some countries will be removed from the ‘red list’ – requiring hotel quarantine for all arrivals.
Currently, 62 countries are in the highest risk category. The government said the criteria for inclusion on the Red List are as follows: “Known variants of concern, known high-risk variants under investigation or due to very high prevalence of Covid-19 in country or territory. “
But who will remain on the high risk list? The independent asked two leading data analysts for their direction on which movements are most and least likely to move.
Simon calderSeptember 16, 2021 4:47 PM
Gatwick cuts costs for fit-to-fly on-site testing
Gatwick Airport has cut prices for side flow and fit to fly PCR testing at its two on-site ExpressTest test centers.
The price of lateral flow tests has been reduced from £ 2 to £ 33, and the cost of PCR tests has dropped from £ 10 to £ 59, reports Weekly Travel.
There are two ExpressTest centers at Sussex Airport: a drive-in option located in its Perimeter Road South parking lot and a walk-in center in the North Terminal.
Managing Director Stewart Wingate said: “Gatwick Airport recognizes that the cost of PCR testing is prohibitive and acts as a barrier preventing more people from booking international travel.
“So we’re excited to be able to offer passengers a more cost-effective solution, conveniently located at the airport, to help people have a well-deserved vacation, visit loved ones abroad or travel on business. “
Lucy thackraySeptember 16, 2021 3:50 PM
Battersea Power Station now on the map as the countdown for tube expansion continues
New maps are being installed in the London Underground to show the first new Northern Line stations in 80 years.
The South London extension from Kennington to Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station is scheduled to open on Monday, September 20. The first train will leave Battersea Power Station at 5:28 am.
Work on the three-kilometer extension began in 2015. In addition to making travel easier, the delayed £ 1.2bn project will also make the rejuvenated area around the plant more accessible to Londoners and tourists.
The extension ends a mile and a half from Victoria Station, which would have provided a useful link between one of the metro’s best-connected hubs and the Kennington area.
The project, however, is being built with a possible further extension to Clapham Junction – the UK’s busiest railway station, in terms of the trains that pass through it.
Simon calderSeptember 16, 2021 2:34 PM
Travel update delayed until tomorrow
Sources said The independent that the long-awaited travel rule update will now be announced tomorrow, Friday September 17th.
“All indications are that a broader announcement will be made by Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps on Friday,” wrote Simon Calder.
“The briefings indicate that the current complicated system of five separate traffic light categories (including the Green Watch List and ‘super green’ rules for Ireland) will likely be reduced to just three. At one end of the spectrum, Ireland is expected to retain its special “super green” status with no restrictions on travel to the UK At the other extreme, a red list of high risk locations will continue.
“In between, all other countries will be treated the same. The new category, for which the name ‘gramber’ has unfortunately been suggested, would cover almost all of Europe, including our most popular destinations: Spain, France, Portugal, Italy and Greece.
Lucy thackraySeptember 16, 2021 2:11 PM
Lancashire to get UK’s second Eden Project botanic garden
Planning has been submitted for a second Eden Project botanic garden in the UK – this time on the Lancashire coast.
Proposed for the seaside resort of Morecambe, the site would include outdoor gardens, indoor and outdoor dining, a tidal pool, and the distinctive biodomes associated with the Cornwall original.
The team behind the award-winning Eden South West project has taken a milestone with the submission of a planning request to Lancaster City Council for the £ 125million project.
Lucy thackraySeptember 16, 2021 12:49 PM
What will change in the next travel update? Simon Calder gives his predictions
With a travel rule update expected today or tomorrow, rumors, questions and leaks have been circulating for days about the major changes to the system.
The independentSimon Calder’s travel correspondent gathered them and investigated them, and today shared his predictions on what is likely to change, and what could replace the “traffic light” lists and PCR tests currently in place.
“The briefings indicate that the current complicated system of five separate traffic light categories (including the green watchlist and the ‘super green’ rules for Ireland) will likely be reduced to just three.
“At one end of the spectrum, Ireland should retain its special ‘super green’ status with no restrictions on travel to the UK. At the other extreme, a redlist of high risk locations will continue, ”Calder explains.
Lucy thackraySeptember 16, 2021 12:23 PM
What time is the trip update today?
Both the travel industry and vacationers are hoping for an update on government travel in the next 48 hours.
“Today is the day! Or is it? ”Tweeted data analyst Tim White, who has closely followed changes to travel rules, as well as global data from Covid that influences each update.
The exact timing of the announcement is still uncertain, with some sources suggesting that an update from the Department of Transportation could arrive later today, with others awaiting it tomorrow.
Here’s everything we know so far:
Lucy thackraySeptember 16, 2021 11:28 AM
Train delays – and rail passenger numbers – continue at “historically low levels”
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, trains have continued to run on the UK rail network – even though passenger numbers have been extremely low.
British trains continued to run well between April and June, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) reported – although it points out that passenger levels on the network were at “historically low levels” during the current Covid crisis.
In April, May and June, 78 percent of trains arrived on time, which is a delay of up to one minute. This represents an increase of 8.6% compared to 2019.
Passenger travel ranged from 24 to 55% of the equivalents in 2019, with the highest numbers on weekends.
Many services have been cut due to lack of demand, which has reduced congestion and therefore delays.
There were 1.63 million trains scheduled in the three-month period, down one-sixth from 2019 levels.
“These changes in scheduled trains and passenger usage have led to improvements in punctuality and reliability compared to pre-coronavirus years,” ORR said.
Of the trains scheduled between April and June 2021, around 37,500 (2.3%) were canceled.
Simon calderSeptember 16, 2021 10:55 AM
Will PCR testing be removed or reduced in the next Travel Update?
One of the less popular features of the UK’s current travel system – PCR testing – is said to be under review ahead of the next International Travel Rules update.
Leaks to the press have suggested that the requirement for mandatory PCR testing could be removed or lightened for vaccinated travelers, with a larger travel system update than the usual ‘traffic light’ lists expected in the next few months. 48 hours.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid also hinted on Tuesday that PCR testing could be scrapped for the double hit, saying: “I don’t want to anticipate the transport secretary’s statement, but I think when he does this statement, he will be happy. “
Lucy thackraySeptember 16, 2021 10:35 AM
Emirates cuts Australian plans as reopening doubts persist
Plans to deploy the world’s largest passenger plane on flights from Dubai to Melbourne have been postponed.
Emirates intended to use the Airbus A380 for services between its Dubai hub and Australia’s second largest city starting in the new year.
But The Aero Network reports that a smaller Boeing 777 will now be in use from January 1 until the usual global schedule change at the end of March.
At present, there is no clarity as to when Australia’s tough travel restrictions could be relaxed. As The Independent reported yesterday, Qantas said it would not go ahead with scheduled flights from London on December 19 if the current two-week hotel quarantine rule applies. always.
Victoria state has recorded 514 new local cases today – the highest since August of last year. Many are in greater Melbourne. While 148 new cases are linked to known clusters, the rest are not.
Simon calderSeptember 16, 2021 9:19 AM