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Metrobus to give FREE travel to veterans & armed forces this Remembrance Sunday

Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus is offering free travel to veterans and serving members of the armed forces this Remembrance Sunday (November 10).

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Anyone wearing their military service medals or carrying a military ID card can travel free all day on Remembrance Sunday on the company’s bus network, across Brighton & Hove, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.   

The company has also given free travel to poppy sellers until 21 November, in support of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. About 250 buses – more than half the fleet – also have poppies on the front of them.

Brighton & Hove and Metrobus’ Managing Director Martin Harris said he wanted to make travelling to Remembrance Day services, parades and wreath laying as convenient as possible.  

“Remembrance Sunday is a time for communities to come together and acknowledge the debt the nation owes the armed forces, while looking towards the future with hope,” Martin said. 

“Poppy sellers do an amazing job going out selling poppies in rain, hail or shine and this is a small way we can thank them for their selfless and constant service. We’re also proud to support the Royal British Legion and the important work they do, giving lifelong support to the serving and ex-serving armed forces’ community and their families.” 

Sonja Bateup from the Royal British Legion said:

“I am delighted that Brighton & Hove and Metrobus is providing free travel for our organisers and volunteers during the Poppy Appeal. This will greatly help those who volunteer their time to raise money for the Royal British Legion over the remembrance period. 

“The free travel for veterans and current service personnel also being offered will support members of the armed forces without their own transport to get to their local remembrance services and get out into their communities.”

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Crawley MP launches new cross-party group to fight for future of UK aviation

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Crawley’s MP Henry Smith has launched a new cross-party group of MPs to fight for the future of UK aviation after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Crawley MP is Chair of the Future of Aviation Group which will seek to highlight the importance of a vibrant aviation sector to consumers, businesses and the overall UK economy. The Group is urging ministers to introduce measures to support the recovery of the UK’s aviation sector.

Henry said;

“It is of course right that public health concerns remain the Government’s most urgent priority, but the level of support from MPs from all sides and from all regions reflects the pressing need for the Government to provide much more support to our aviation sector, given that aviation is one of the sectors worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Aviation will be vital to our long-term economic recovery at national and local levels and it is high time that Government avoid any further delay and introduce financial measures that support the aviation industry; the businesses, employees and the communities who depend on it.

“We cannot allow Britain’s economic and social recovery to be held back through a failure to support our aviation industry. As a global, island trading nation the consequences of continuing inaction are unthinkable.”

The Group has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, setting out several urgent questions about the Government’s actions to date together with demands for further urgent policy intervention.

You can read the full letter by clicking here.

The letter to the Secretary of State raises several points, including:

  • How often will the 14-day quarantine period be reviewed, and will Government prioritise ‘air bridges’ to restart safe travel to and from low risk countries?
  • What discussions have been held at an international level to find a Common International Standard for aviation health protocols to build consumer confidence?
  • What discussions have been held with local authorities and airport representatives regarding central Government support for business rates relief?
  • What consideration has been given to financial measures to support the restart of domestic aviation and to protect vital regional routes?
  • What additional support can be made available to local authorities and the aviation supply chain until passenger numbers increase?
  • What assessment has been made of the importance of aviation to the nation’s economic recovery?
  • What assessment has been made of the likely timescale of the recovery of businesses in the tourism sector who are reliant on international tourism?
  • What assessment has been made of the opportunity to support low carbon aviation technologies as a way to support UK economic recovery and help aviation deliver its net zero commitment?

The creation of the Future of Aviation Group is Henry’s latest intervention on this issue.

Henry added;

“With Gatwick Airport being such a key local employer I’m very conscious of the Crawley economy being reliant on the aviation and travel industry.

“I’ll continue my representations with ministers, airports and airlines on behalf of the Crawley workers, families, businesses and customers for whom this sector is so important.”

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