Welwyn Hatfield MP and Secretary of State for Transport

Welwyn Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Joined March 2008
On @HMCoastguard’s 200th anniversary, I went to see their incredible work and thank staff and volunteers who bravely ensure the safety of our seas, coastline & mountains every day 🌊 🚁 🛥️⛰️ #CG200
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I've just spoken to my opposite number @Djebbari_JB who confirms that, given the UK's falling infection rate, France will be lifting their ban on British tourists. A negative Covid test will still be required. bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-…
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One of my first actions as Transport Secretary was to order a stocktake of smart motorways and I've worked consistently to raise the bar on their safety since then. Today, I am pausing the rollout of new ALR motorways until 5 years of safety data is available (1/3)
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We will use the time while schemes are paused to ensure existing smart motorways are equipped with best-in-class technology and resources and are as safe as they can possibly be (2/3)
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I am grateful to the Transport Committee and all those who provided evidence for its work and I look forward to continuing to work together to ensure everyone feels safer on our roads. Read more here 👇 (3/3) gov.uk/government/news/smart…
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✈️ REMINDER ✈️ From 4am tomorrow, fully vaxxed people and under-18s will only need to take a LATERAL FLOW TEST (instead of a PCR) on or before day 2 of their arrival in the UK 🧪 👉 For more info on the requirements, check 👇 gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-en…
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PLEASE NOTE: 👉 To protect capacity, you can’t use NHS lateral flow tests for international travel 🚫 👉 If your post-arrival lateral flow test is positive, you must self-isolate and take a free NHS PCR test ✅ 🧪 (2/2)
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Latest @SMMT stats show that over 1 in 4 cars registered last month were fully electric & about as many EVs were sold in 2021 as between 2016 to 2020 combined🔌 The electric revolution is happening now & we're boosting green jobs across the UK as we accelerate towards net zero🌍
Covid stalls 2021 UK new car market but record EV sales show future direction smmt.co.uk/2022/01/covid-sta…
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Delighted to report that @PeterBoneUK - working with the Govt - has taken a Bill through the next stage of Parliament today to remove an EU requirement that would have otherwise increased motorists’ insurance premiums by up to £50 per year once implemented! #VNUK #BrexitDividend
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🧪Testing rules will be relaxed: ✅ Fully vaxxed passengers & under 18s will NO LONGER need to take a pre-departure test before returning to England if arriving after 4am Fri 7 Jan [2/6]
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🧪 Fully vaxxed passengers & under 18s will NO LONGER need to self-isolate whilst waiting for post-arrival results if arriving after 4am Friday 7 Jan [3/6]
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🧪After arrival in England, all fully vaxxed people & under 18s will now only need to take a LATERAL FLOW test (instead of a PCR test) if they arrive after 4am Sunday 9 Jan. 🧪 Free NHS lateral flow tests CANNOT be used for international travel, to protect NHS capacity [4/6]
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🧪If your post-arrival lateral flow test comes out positive, you must self-isolate & take a free NHS PCR test to confirm the result. 👉For more info on the requirements, check GOV.UK [5/6]
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By reducing testing requirements for fully vaxxed passengers to just a lateral flow post-arrival, we're supporting the safe reopening of international travel 🛫 We'll do a full review of travel measures by the end of Jan to ensure a stable system is in place for 2022 ✅ [6/6]
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We’ve completed a £161m programme of upgrades at Leeds. Passengers using this critical Northern station will now see the benefits of: 💺more seats 🚉more services ⌚more punctual journeys We’re getting on with our £96bn plan to deliver better journeys, sooner.
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I want to thank those in our haulage industry who transported presents, food, vaccines & medicines around the country, so we could all enjoy the festive period. The 32 measures we've taken to support the sector are helping keep supply chains running smoothly. (1/2)
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We’ve made 90% more tests available for HGV drivers every week and the DVLA has processed over 40,000 HGV and vocational licenses in just 4 weeks, thanks to Government efforts to recruit more vital HGV drivers. (2/2)
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I'm working to improve journeys for everyone in the UK, no matter where they live, clean up our transport network and create jobs & opportunities. We will continue to drive this forward in 2022 ✅ (9/9)
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