Weekend car use nearing pre-lockdown levels

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/23/2020 - 11:07pm

Weekend car use is returning to pre-lockdown levels, according to figures released this week by the Department for Transport (DfT). However, weekday car trips are still well below normal.

While weekday car use remained on a par with weekend use through much of the lockdown, weekend car trips have risen more sharply than weekday journeys over the last four weeks.

The weekend of 11 and 12 July was 7% below pre-lockdown levels, whereas the average daily weekday figure was down 19% last week, 13-17 July, and by 22% for the week before that, 6-10 July.

The research...

Rachel Riley seeks hometown hero/lockdown legends in Devon for 2020 Ntational Lottery Awards

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 07/23/2020 - 6:09pm

Countdown star, Rachel Riley, is searching for your ‘hometown hero’ or ‘lockdown legend’ as part of the 2020 National Lottery Awards.

This year the annual search for the UK’s most popular National Lottery funded projects will, for the first time, honour individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community especially those who have adapted during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

New figures reveal more than £21,480,000 of National Lottery funding has been invested in good causes in Devon in 2018/19 alone.

A total of 525 National Lottery grants were...

Exeter Airport announces Exeter-Belfast City Airport route

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 07/23/2020 - 11:35am

Exeter Airport is to see the introduction of a service to Belfast City Airport from 28 August 2020 it was announced today.

Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, will base five ATR72-600 aircraft at Belfast City Airport.

The airline will operate up to 4 weekly return flights from Exeter Airport to Belfast City Airport this autumn with fares starting from £34.99 one way including taxes.

This commencement of this new route marks the only flight from Exeter to the island of Ireland with Aer Lingus Regional as a new airline at Exeter Airport.


Pay-by-phone on-street parking made more convenient

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 07/22/2020 - 8:45pm

As more and more town centre shops start to re-open, Devon County Council is making pay-by-phone on-street parking as convenient as possible to help shoppers and commuters stay safe.

Cashless parking is already offered at Devon’s on-street parking meters, but the pay-by-phone service will switch to RingGo from next month (August). The new service will mean that users no longer need to pay a convenience charge and it is hoped that more will opt to use this way of paying.

Paying by phone can help support measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, and to encourage cashless...

TUI restarts summer holidays from Exeter Airport

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 07/22/2020 - 2:13pm

TUI UK today reveals its summer 2020 holiday programme starting on 1 August from Exeter Airport, with flights to Spain, Greece and Turkey.

The UK’s largest holiday company is ready to take people on holiday again to 5 destinations between 1 and 7 August, including Lanzarote, Corfu, Dalaman, Palma and Zakynthos. Heraklion, Paphos and Tenerife will be added to the programme between August and October, with a total of 8 destinations accessible from Exeter by early October.

The first flight to depart Exeter Airport on 1 August will be to Palma, Majorca at 6:25.



Devon-based GripHero supplies largest independent forecourt network in Cyprus with protection from contaminants and Covid-19

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Tue, 07/21/2020 - 4:46pm

Devon-based GripHero has expanded its international order book to include Cyprus. Its award-winning dispensers and ATEX-Certified anti-static hand-protection, are set to be installed across 96 EKO Cyprus forecourts accounting for around 30% of all fuel stations on the island, making it the largest independent forecourt network in Cyprus.

Installed to enhance customer safety by minimising the potential transfer of germs, biohazards, chemical or biological contamination, GripHero’s patented dispensers are playing an important role in preventing the transfer of Covid-19 at the fuel...

Devon’s Lightfoot boosts driver safety and fuel efficiency at TP Fire & Security

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Tue, 07/21/2020 - 4:35pm

Chudleigh-based Lightfoot, the award-winning in-cab technology and driver reward platform that’s helping businesses across the UK cut their carbon footprint and fuel bills, has announced that it has helped TP Fire & Security, one of the UK’s leading providers of fire and security protection, to not only eradicate instances of dangerous driving but to cut fuel bills and emissions by almost 10% in the process.

The news follows the successful implementation of Lightfoot’s pioneering driver rewards platform across TP Fire & Safety’s fleet, leading to a 59% uplift in elite...

Reminder to "share this space"

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 07/21/2020 - 7:08am

A reminder to “Share this Space” has been issued to everyone using Devon’s roads and paths this summer.

With roads and walking and cycling routes getting busier again as more people return to work and more visitors travel to Devon, the County Council is urging everyone to take extra care in Devon.

As well as sharing space, the authority is also calling on everyone to share the campaign messages. It’s promoting a "toolkit" on its dedicated Share this Space webpages which includes films, animations and graphics that can be posted on social media.

The advice for...

Latest bus timetables available online

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 07/20/2020 - 5:01pm

Bus passengers are able to access the latest timetable information on “e-booklets” published online.

The timetables, covering all of the districts across the county and all service operators, have been published online on Devon County Council’s Travel Devon website .

The information is the most up-to-date available, but service times can change.

The website has information on changes to services. However, passengers are asked to please check with bus and train operators before travel, or visit Traveline for more information on bus services which are currently...

McCarthy and Stone earmarks Exeter in search for land

Authored by LaurenBluck
Posted: Mon, 07/20/2020 - 11:50am

The UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities, McCarthy & Stone, has responded to Boris Johnson’s appeal for developers to “build, build, build” by actively searching for land in Exeter, as it looks set to make an investment of around £5million in older people’s housing in the city.

McCarthy and Stone is predicting a strong increase in the demand for retirement living in Exeter, given that the UK’s 65+ population is set to grow by 43 percent in the next 20 years[1], and it is seeking appropriate sites for the development of a new multi-tenure retirement...