Day: May 14, 2020

UK coronavirus live: Britain claps for carers on the Covid frontline – as it happened

May 14, 2020

8.32pm BST20:32 Nicola Slawson I’m closing our UK live blog for the day. Thanks so much for joining us. Please follow our global live blog for all further developments this evening. 8.31pm BST20:31 Boris Johnson appeared with his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, for the first time since they announced the birth of their son, Wilfred. The […]

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TFL secures £1,600,000,000 emergency bailout

May 14, 2020

The government has agreed to a £1.6 billion bailout package for Transport for London (TfL) to keep tube and bus services running until September. It comes after Mayor Sadiq Khan warned the body was close to running out of money and would have to operate a reduced service to survive. The deal breaks down as […]

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London transport fares will rise, says minister, as TfL secures bailout

May 14, 2020

The government has said London transport fares will have to rise, as it reached an agreement over a £1.6bn bailout with Transport for London. TfL will receive £1.1bn as a cash grant plus another £505m in loans, according to reports on Thursday night. In return, TfL will carry out a review of its finances and […]

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‘It is tragic’: family tell of lost battle to take father out of care home

May 14, 2020

Dr Koohyar, left, with Shirin, right, had lived an active life and even took up roller-skating in his eighties. Photograph: Family Handout When Covid-19 struck west London, Shirin Koohyar and her siblings decided they had to get their father out of his nursing home. It was easier said than done. Dr Ameer Koohyar, a 91-year-old […]

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Sainsbury’s expands Chop Chop delivery service to 20 UK cities

May 14, 2020

Supermarket joins up with courier firm Stuart to make deliveries to homes using bikes By mid-June, 50 stores will offer the service. Photograph: Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock Sainsbury’s is taking a bicycle delivery service to 20 cities across the UK in its latest effort to extend grocery home delivery during the coronavirus outbreak. The supermarket is joining […]

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Road turns into giant cycle lane to make social distancing easier

May 14, 2020

A cycle lane has been installed on one of London’s most prestigious roads, in response to the coronavirus crisis.  Bollards have been added to Park Lane to divide cyclists from other road users. The scheme is part of mayor Sadiq Khan’s London ‘Streetspace’ programme, which aims to rapidly construct a strategic cycling network using temporary […]

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The real message behind ‘stay alert’: it’ll be your fault if coronavirus spreads | Owen Jones

May 14, 2020

Officially, the new strategy is “personal responsibility” and “good, solid British common sense”, as our prime minister colourfully describes it; unofficially, operation blame the public is well under way. As media outlets query why London’s trains and buses are rammed despite government advice, our transport secretary, Grant Shapps, pleads with silly old commuters not to […]

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TfL will run out of money today without emergency bailout, Sadiq Khan says

May 14, 2020

The Mayor of London has said that unless the government gives Transport for London (TfL) a grant today, the firm will run out of money. Speaking on LBC this morning, Sadiq Khan warned bus and tube services would be slashed without an emergency bailout for the transport system. He said: ‘We’re the only transport system […]

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What will happen to our jobs?

May 14, 2020

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak says a significant recession is on the way. Danni investigates whether lots of people are furloughed in zombie jobs that simply won’t exist when our economy re-opens. Or – as the chancellor suggests – will things bounce back quickly? She also hears from the boss of luxury car maker Bentley which […]

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