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DfT Creates Transport Support Unit

Posted in General News on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

The Department for Transport has created a Transport Support Unit (TSU) as part of a larger Coronavirus support package which includes providing extra funding to freight operators to ensure the ongoing supply of essential goods into the country and the trialling of a drone service which will be used to deliver medical supplies to St Mary’s Hospital in support of those living on the Isle of Wight.

Thanks to the introduction of the TSU thousands of volunteers, aircraft, ships and vehicles from within the transport sector are set to support frontline responders across the whole of the UK and assist with the COVID-19 pandemic. The assets that are part of the TSU include four fixed-wing aircraft which are the property of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, they can be used for a number of tasks including moving emergency patients and medical supplies. Highways England is set to release its control vehicles so they can potentially be used as mobile COVID-19 testing centers. Network Rail’s fleet of 8,500 vans and lorries can be used to transport essential items during the pandemic and the company is making its seven regional distribution centers available for the purpose of storing Coronavirus related supplies. In addition to all this the DfT, its agencies and the wider transport sector have made 8,500 members of staff available as volunteers. The DfT has set up a dedicated email address so that anybody requiring this support can contact the TSU directly.

If you would like to find out more about how the DfT is assisting the fight against COVID-19 you can do this by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vital-routes-for-supplies-and-people-kept-open-through-coronavirus-support-package              

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