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COVID-19 and it’s effect on GARA

During the past month, our members have been sending us their thoughts and actions during the initial weeks of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Over the current weeks, we would like to continue this as an active Q&A process, so if you would like any questions circulating, please send them to

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Creating a stronger future for UK Light Rail

Alistair Gordon, CEO of public transport operator Keolis UK, explains why light rail can no longer be less strategically important to our transportation networks.

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TAUT: Sharing worldwide lessons and experience

Over the past month transport systems around the world have been stripped of their most vital asset – passengers. Many operators are reporting ridership levels that are 80-90% down on the norm as people are being told not to travel unless absolutely necessary. This has had devastating and unexpected effects.

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Welcome to our new normal…

In the past couple of weeks our day-to-day lives have been turned upside down and inside out. We’ve been told to ‘stay at home, save lives’and gradually more strictly-enforced lockdowns mean that the vast majority are working from sofas or hastily-constructed home offices as the coronavirus pandemic has exploded worldwide – its RNA structure seemingly making it remarkably easy to catch but very difficult to kill.

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With the UK now in the delay phase of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Mainspring has
taken the difficult decision to re-schedule this year’s UK Light Rail Conference – due to take
place on 19-20 May – to new dates of 8-9 September 2020.

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Why promises need to be followed by actions…

It is unlikely that the result of the recent UK General Election will have come as a surprise to many. The 80-strong majority secured by the Conservative Party in the country’s third election in five years is clear evidence of a ‘push-back’ against years of bickering, broken promises and a willingness to break the deadlock on Brexit that has been seen as holding back decision-making and key investment the UK desperately needs.

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The UK Light Rail Conference looks for innovative solutions to improve the challenges of climate change brought about by the transport industry.

‘Addressing the challenges of climate change offers a massive opportunity for light rail’, was the key theme at this year’s UK Light Rail Conference #UKLRC19, hosted in the trendy Media City area of Manchester from 23 – 24 July 2019. We hear from AssessTech’s Sally Brinkley on her key takeaways from the conference.

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