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Coronavirus will transform UK work and travel, says AA

The aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis will transform the way we live, work and travel in the UK, the AA says.

It predicts a permanent reduction in the demand for travel because people have learned during the crisis to use home-working technology.

The implications are profound for commuters and for government finances.


Hello Folks, your members might be interested in this event:

THE CHESHIRE MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS, 1904-07 Edited by Craig Horner Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, volume 156

To celebrate the publication of this volume, the Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire are holding a launch:

                Date:  Monday 27 January 2020

                Time:  6.30-8.00pm    (formalities to begin at 7.00pm)

                Venue: 70 Oxford St (formerly ‘The Cornerhouse’), Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, M1 5NH

Would you mind publicizing it amongst your members. Thanks.

Ten speedy facts about motorways

The M1 – Britain’s first full-length motorway – has turned 50 this year. Its first section, which ran from St Albans to Rugby, opened in December 1959. To mark the half-centenary of this iconic road, connecting North with South, we’ve pulled together some fascinating facts about Britain’s motorways to get your mind racing. Not to be read whilst driving![26864_PANUK_NLT_46_WAL_ACT_0-3Months_ChildreninNeed2019]-20191112-[bbcradio4_tenspeedyfactsaboutbritainsmotorways_factual]

Paul McCartney’s psychedelic Wings tour bus rediscovered

Almost 50 years ago, Sir Paul McCartney and his band Wings decided to decorate an open-top bus in psychedelic colours to take them on tour across Europe.

He converted the double-decker for his post-Beatles band and their families, with the seats on the upper deck replaced by mattresses and bean bags.

Now, after being found in Spain, the Wings Over Europe bus is back in the UK and is to be sold at auction.


Reunited with vintage police car after 33 years

(The police car is now in Swansea Bus Museum.)

The former owner of a vintage police car has got back behind the wheel of his “beloved” vehicle after 33 years.

Brian Gough, 82, paid £50 for a 1951 black Wolseley in 1974, and donated it to South Wales Police’s museum in 1986.

After moving around museums for 30 years, it went on display at Swansea Bus Museum where Mr Gough climbed into the driver’s seat once again . . .


Swansea’s Bascule Bridge lifted and moved for restoration

A 110-year-old landmark bridge in Swansea has been lifted to be taken for restoration.

Preparation work has been under way for weeks and the Bascule Bridge near the Liberty Stadium was moved on Sunday.

More than 20 workers, a 53m (174ft) crane and and a truck performed the manoeuvre.

The 70-tonne Grade II listed bridge will then be assessed and restored at Afon Engineering, Swansea Vale, and re-installed next year.

Bascule BridgeImage copyrightSWANSEA COUNCIL
Image captionThe Bascule Bridge was built in 1909 to strengthen Swansea’s copper industry

The bridge was pivotal to the area’s time as the world copper capital, and its hinged steel structure would lift to allow for river traffic to pass through.

[ I declare an interest in this project as chair of the Friends of White Rock Copperworks, and chair of the Friends of the Slip Bridge – another iconic Swansea bridge, spanning the Mumbles road and three railway lines. John Ashley, webmaster. ]

Plans for London-style bus system in Wales

A major shake-up of the Welsh bus industry is being planned by the Welsh Government.

Ministers want to boost services by introducing a London-style system where bus operators bid to provide services.

It could allow councils to dictate what bus services are provided, but there are concerns it could put some bus firms out of business.

New Welsh Assembly legislation is expected to be published within the next year.