In full: Grant Shapps unveils Integrated Rail Plan

A long-delayed integrated rail plan for the Midlands and the north of England is set to be unveiled by the government.

This has been billed as the largest ever investment in rail infrastructure, with £96bn pledged to improve existing routes.

The plan is expected to confirm that HS2 will be curtailed – with its eastern leg extending to Leeds cancelled – and the Northern Powerhouse trans-Pennine route scrapped, despite the prime minister having publicly promised to deliver both in the last two years.

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Watch live: Grant Shapps unveils Integrated Rail Plan

A long-delayed integrated rail plan for the Midlands and the north of England is set to be unveiled by the government.

This has been billed as the largest ever investment in rail infrastructure, with £96bn pledged to improve existing routes.

The plan is expected to confirm that HS2 will be curtailed – with its eastern leg extending to Leeds cancelled – and the Northern Powerhouse trans-Pennine route scrapped, despite the prime minister having publicly promised to deliver both in the last two years.

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Grant Shapps on COVID tests, the Queen and supply issues

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps discusses the Queen’s climate comments, asking the public to take photos of COVID tests and the shortages of lorry drivers and butchers.

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BREAKING: Grant Shapps confirms the countries on COVID travel ‘red list’ from next week

47 countries will be removed from the red list so travellers from those nations will no longer have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps called it ‘a major step forward’.

The only countries to remain on the red list from Monday at 4am will be Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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Shapps condemns ‘Tory scum’ comments

Grant Shapps describes comments from Labour’s deputy leader describing the Tories as ‘scum’ as ‘absolutely appalling’.

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COVID-19: No changes to the travel list mean people can holiday in peace – Shapps

People should be able to go on holiday ‘without looking over their shoulders’ says Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who told Sky’s Kay Burley that there would not be any changes to travel rules for at least three weeks.

Mr Shapps said the extent of the vaccination programme in the UK meant the situation was very different to last summer and more people would be able to travel.

Watch his interview with Kay here in full.

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Mask rules ‘up to companies’ & criticism of Priti Patel ‘unusual’ and ‘odd’ – Shapps

The Transport Secretary has told Sky News its up to transport companies to make up their own rules regarding masks after 19 July.

Meanwhile Grant Shapps said he has found the criticism of Priti Patel "unusual" and "odd" after the Home Secretary previously described taking the knee as "gesture politics".

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COVID-19: Grant Shapps sets out changes to travel quarantine rules

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a relaxation of COVID restrictions for arrivals from amber list countries, starting from July 19th.

The rules will apply to people who have had two vaccines, so long as they can prove it.

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Watch live: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps holds a news conference

Watch live: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps holds a news conference as the government reveal which countries are on the green, amber and red lists for foreign travel

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