CHINA: UPDATE: Coronavirus – China widens lockdown
Ten cities in China are now under lockdown with several restrictions, BBC reports.
Restrictions vary from city to city, though many cities have suspended transport services.
Authorities have also cancelled major public events in other parts of the country, including:
• Shut down of the Forbidden City, Beijing’s palace complex
• Cancellation of traditional temple fairs in Beijing
• Cancellation of an international carnival in Hong Kong
• Cancellation of annual football tournament in Hong Kong
• Cancellation of all public Lunar New Year celebrations in Macau
FRANCE: Unions threaten to resume transport strike
Two of the biggest French unions are threatening to completely block transport on Friday, January 24, The Local report.
Unions, including Unsa and Solidaire, are calling on their workers to stage a one-day walkout.
Travellers can expect the following:
• On the Metro no lines will be closed but some will run shorter hours and many will run fewer trains than normal.
• Lines 1, 14, 7 and 7bis will run as normal.
• Line 2 will run during rush hour (16h30 to 19h30) and one out of three trains will run for the rest of the day.
• On Line 9 and 11, two out of three trains will run.
• On Line 10, three out of four trains will run.
• Line 12 will run from 15h30 to 21h30
• One out of four trains will run on Line 13 from 05h30 to 20h00.
• Marcadet-Poissonniers, Pigalle and Montparnasse-Bienvenue stations will be closed.
• No trains on the Asnières-Gennevilliers to Les Courtilles section will run.
• Montparnasse-Bienvenu station will be closed.
• Pigalle, Barbès-Rochechouart and Jarès stations will be closed.
Travellers are advised to check official reports for updates.
ENGLAND: UPDATE: Train disruption in London
Travel warnings are in place for the weekend of February 29 to March 1 and no trains will run in either direction south of Peterborough, Leeds Live reports.
There will also be reduced train services on the second, third and fourth weekends in February. Trains are likely to be extremely busy on these dates and journeys could take longer than anticipated.
No trains will run in or out of London King’s Cross this weekend as upgrades to the East Coast Mainline continue, Grantham Journal reports.
On Saturday and Sunday, lines between Peterborough and King’s Cross will be closed.
Travellers are advised to travel on either Friday or Monday instead.
DUBAI: Road closures in Dubai
The Dubai marathon will kick off today (January 24), Khaleej Times reports.
The detailed route map shows the various roads that will remain closed during the Marathon, 10km Road Race and 4km Fun Run.
For the marathon route, click here.
For the 10km route, click here.
For the 4km route, click here.
Travellers are advised to allow extra time and to find alternative routes.
CANADA: Uber and Lyft will be coming to Vancouver
The City of Vancouver has announced that Uber and Lyft have been granted licenses to operate, City News reports.
Uber is expected to commence services on Friday, January 24. Lyft is yet to announce when its services will start.
CHINA: UPDATE: Coronavirus – Airlines and train operators offer refunds
Several airlines – as well as China’s state-owned railway company – are offering refunds or free booking changes related to Wuhan, Business Traveller reports.
Travellers who have already purchased flight tickets to or from Wuhan, and wish to cancel their trip, can do so via their airline free of charge. The same goes for the railway company.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Pittsburgh Airport car rental fee increase
Pittsburgh International Airport will increase car rental fees by 9%.
The Allegheny County Airport Authority voted unanimously to increase the customer facility charge from $5.50 to $6 (R86). The charge is added to the daily cost of the rental itself, and is in effect for up to seven days.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the new fee will go into effect on February 1.
As per TravelInfo Plus 24 January 2020