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  1. The Sheffield train heads northeast from Birmingham, so it does not call at Wolverhampton. The only possible change on this journey is at New Street, unfortunately. Cross Country currently only have 25% capacity on each train due to ‘social distancing’ requirements and you should book a space on a particular train, even if not on an Advance ticket. Their booking window is severely curtailed too, you can only book a few weeks in advance at the moment (12 weeks is when usually you should start looking for cheap Advance fares). Who knows how long this will last. I strongly recommend that you start looking at the situation early in the New Year for your travel in May and please come back here for any more advice you need!
  2. The UK government updated its advice yesterday against all cruise travel, despite the easing of the non-essential travel advice for certain destinations. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cruise-ship-travel https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/09/uk-foreign-office-urges-holidaymakers-to-avoid-cruise-ships
  3. Another general update. Many of the restrictions on UK businesses were lifted this weekend. The hospitality sector can now reopen, including pubs, restaurants and accommodation, as can many visitor attractions. Not all have done so, by any means, and those that have are operating in new ways, usually involving much reduced capacity and booking systems (eg many pubs are operating booking for tables). Travel restrictions are due to be eased also, so that travellers arriving from many countries will not be required to go into quarantine for 14 days. This does not yet include the United States. Theatres sadly remain dark, with no clear timetable for the resumption of live performances.
  4. A quick data point on the “country ready for tourists” aspect of this question from April. Major West End producer Delfont Mackintosh Theatres has announced today that they will not reopen their London shows until 2021 - this includes Hamilton, Les Mis, Phantom and Mary Poppins. The UK hospitality industry (hotels, pubs, restaurants) essentially remains closed until July at the earliest, although some outdoor attractions have now reopened.
  5. Nothing to add, JB, other than to say Oyster Card cannot be used on National Express into London. They do sell Visitor Oyster Cards at their offices at London airports, but that’s for use once in central London, so you don’t have to worry about buying one after getting off the National Express bus and wanting to jump on a local bus or the tube etc. Oh, and pure speculation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if universal free admission to national museums came under pressure in the new normal, but as things stand you are correct about the British Museum - free entry except for some special exhibitions.
  6. National Express is currently running no services. They are reintroducing a limited timetable from 1st July and it appears that is loaded in their system until Sunday 23 May 2021. Given the huge reduction of passenger traffic through Heathrow (which I think is about 96% down) it’s not surprising they are planning to run fewer direct services from there, hence the need to change in London on the new timetable. . I would be very surprised if that does not change, but it would be nothing more than idle speculation to suggest how it might change!
  7. Just to update this thread, these measures will come into effect from 8 June. They will be reviewed every three weeks. They do not apply to arrivals from the Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man (the common travel area). There is a long list of exemptions, but none of any real relevance to the subject matter of this board. France has announced reciprocal measures on arrivals from the U.K. from the same date.
  8. You are quite right, of course. The trouble for small companies relying on cash flow is that if they don’t have the cash to refund everyone, they will be forced to wind up the company - in which case the refunds are unlikely to be paid anyway and there will be no company for customers to be loyal to in the future. Very difficult times.
  9. No. 10 has rowed back from the France exemption today - apparently Johnson said “at this stage”, meaning current circumstances (obviously, because that’s the case for everyone) and not meaning in the plan at this stage.... Why he bothered to mention France at all, then, has not been clarified 🤣
  10. Not quite. There are two measures announced in the UK government’s plan: - international arrivals required to provide contact and accommodation details - to self-isolate for 14 days, at their accommodation or in government provided accommodation. However, neither measure is included in the 13th May package and there is no date for implementation other than ‘as soon as possible’. There is no indication of how long they would last, if they are implemented.
  11. Although that measure has been floated in newspapers in recent days and by the Home Secretary in her appearance at committee, it has not been announced. The government spin machine is clearly testing how it would play. The sequence generally is: - headline says ‘quarantine to be introduced’ - article purports that such measures have been agreed in principle, citing ‘sources’ - Government spokesperson says ‘everything is being considered’
  12. Contrary to what is stated above, there are currently no restrictions (above the usual entry requirements) on the U.K. border. The problem arises of what happens after entry, when to be away from the place you are living is an offence without a reasonable excuse under the health regulations. In the event of finding accommodation (most hotels are closed other than for key workers), you could basically only leave to exercise, seek medical assistance or to buy essential supplies. Attractions, bars, restaurants and non-essential shops are closed. Sightseeing is not a reasonable excuse. There is simply no way to be a tourist in the U.K. at present.
  13. That would have been the weekend of Uitmarkt, a large cultural festival. I presume it is now cancelled so prices may change. I’d be very sceptical of any cruises leaving when events are cancelled.
  14. Yes, announced earlier today - https://www.nationalexpress.com/en/help/live-service-updates They had severely reduced their services and lack of passengers makes it no longer viable. No target date for resumption. Rebooking and refunds information below. Latest service updates In line with Government advice on COVID-19, we have been running a reduced network for essential travel only. However, as more people rightly stay at home, we have decided to temporarily suspend all services from 23:59 on Sunday 5 April. For those of you that have an upcoming journey with us before 31 May, if you would like to amend your booking, you can do so for free, for travel any time in the next 12 months. There is no need to contact us straight away, just complete our ticket amendment form before your original outward journey and get back in touch with us when you’re ready to travel again. If you do not wish to amend your ticket to another date, we will fully refund you. If you haven’t already done so, please complete our refund form and we will process your refund within 28 days.
  15. Not clear exactly which hotel is meant here. There are at least three Premier Inns in Southwark: - Southwark Tate Modern in Great Suffolk Street - Southwark Bankside (also referred to as Borough Market) in Park Street - Southwark Borough High Street in, er, Borough High Street There’s a new one, Southwark (Southwark Station) in The Cut, which I’m not sure opened before everything closed. What there isn’t is one called Southwark - Waterloo, although the one in The Cut would be closest.
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