Grant Shapps orders firms to slash cost of foreign travel testing

Grant Shapps has ordered ‘profiteering’ private testing companies to slash the cost of laboratory-based PCR checks to make international travel more affordable as he said people can now ‘start to think’ about booking a summer holiday abroad.  The Transport Secretary today set out more details of the Government’s new traffic light scheme which will see … Read more

Travellers are set to get free Covid testing kits and more countries will join our ‘green list’

Travel restrictions to dozens of holiday destinations are set to be watered down in time for the summer holidays. A review at the end of June could mean quarantine and testing requirements are slashed for a number of popular locations. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will today confirm a ‘traffic light’ system to allow foreign travel to … Read more

Smart motorway death crash statistics will be analysed by roads regulator

Smart motorway death crash statistics will be analysed by roads regulator as Grant Shapps continues to insist they are safe The Transport Secretary has ordered an independent review of safety data  Fourteen people were killed in 2019 on motorways without a hard shoulder  A coroner said smart motorways ‘present an ongoing risk of future deaths’ By … Read more

Portugal tells Britons they will be welcome from May in boost for summer holidays

Portugal will allow UK tourists into the country from May, the country’s tourism minister has said in the latest boost for hopes of a holiday this summer.  Rita Marques said British visitors who can prove they have been vaccinated or show a negative Covid test result will be welcome from May 17. But those hoping … Read more

EU APPROVES plan for Covid ‘vaccine passports’ allowing free movement for those with antibodies

The EU has presented plans to issue ‘digital green certificates’ allowing its 450million people to travel freely across the bloc this summer.  The scheme, which will be discussed next week during a summit of EU leaders, will facilitate travel across Europe for people who have been vaccinated as well as others who have recently been … Read more

EU is ready to back move that will allow Britons to travel to resorts on the continent

Holiday passport is on! EU is ready to agree to issuing digital pass that will allow Britons to travel to resorts if they have been vaccinated or have Covid antibodies… as tech firm asks to trial similar scheme for our pubs Bloc publishes details of ‘digital green pass’, piling pressure on Grant Shapps Those from … Read more

Portugal will be taken off UK’s ‘red list’ on Monday as the country aims to reopen to Britons

Portugal will be taken off UK’s virus travel ban ‘red list’ on Monday as the country aims to reopen to Britons who can show proof of vaccination or a negative test from mid-May Portugal is set to be taken off the list of 33 Covid-hotspot countries on Monday  Britons will be able to travel to … Read more

Piers Morgan quits GMB: Grant Shapps says he will ‘miss’ host after Meghan Markle row

Grant Shapps says he will ‘miss’ Piers Morgan but dodges questions over Harry and Meghan as he insists mental health is ‘very important indeed’ Grant Shapps said ‘I will miss him’ when asked about Piers Morgan leaving GMB But Transport Secretary dodged questions over the Harry and Meghan interview Cited ‘long-standing’ convention that ministers do … Read more

Shapps hints costs of foreign flights could rise to cut levy on domestic trips

Grant Shapps today hailed plans to cut Air Passenger Duty for domestic flights – but hinted that foreign travel costs might have to rise as a result. The Transport Secretary said the current system where return journeys within the UK could face a higher levy than trips abroad was ‘bizarre’. In a round of broadcast … Read more

Transport Secretary claims Covid would be a ‘heck of a lot worse’ without £22billion Test & Trace

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has claimed Britain’s Covid crisis would’ve been a ‘heck of a lot worse’ without the Government’s extortionate contact tracing scheme. Mr Shapps attempted to defend the £22billion Test and Trace programme after a damning cross-party report found it had ‘no measurable effect’ on the epidemic. The Commons Public Accounts Committee said there … Read more