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Focus on 'green travel' as funding announced to encourage cycling and walking

By Gregor White

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UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said getting Britain moving represents an "enormous logistical challenge".

Mr Shapps said that, even if public transport reverts to a full service, social distancing requirements mean it will only be able to accommodate a tenth as many passengers as before the pandemic.

He announced £7 billion of funding to boost cycling and walking options including requiring local authorities in England to provide better facilities and boosting bike repair and rental facilities across the country.

A planned trial of e-scooters is also to be brought forward from next year to next month.

A total of £10 million of additional support was also announced for car charging points.

It is not clear at this stage how much, if any, of this money will be made available to Scotland for similar measures.

Highland Council is already preparing a bid for funds to create a new network of green travel routes across Inverness

Mr Shapps refused to confirm or deny speculation that, from next month, any international visitors to the UK will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

He said that more details on that would have to wait until Prime Minister Boris Johnson's planned address on the "road map" for the way forward tomorrow evening.

However he did say that it "makes sense to look at what happens at our borders".

Yesterday 96,818 tests for coronavirus tests were carried pout.

A total of 215,250 people have tested positive for coronavirus and the death toll now stands at 31,587 – up 346 from yesterday.

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