Christmas train tickets selling out leaving families stranded over festive period

On top of this, trains, flights and coaches will all be running at reduced capacities due to ongoing social distancing measures.  Tickets have nearly sold out across some long-distance routes.

On booking website Trainline, at the time of publication, tickets from London to Newcastle were already incredibly limited for Dec 23, with only a few seats remaining on most journeys.

Tickets were close to selling out for many journeys from  London to Edinburgh on the same date, as were tickets for trips from London to Cardiff, particularly in first-class carriages.

As usual, there will be no trains running on Christmas Day itself, and a very limited number of services running on Boxing Day. 

The Government has appointed Sir Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail, to examine whether transport links across the country will be fit for purpose over Christmas.  

He has been given the power to force train operators

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The travel ban families hoping to be reunited

a group of people posing for the camera


One of President Donald Trump’s earliest and most controversial moves was a travel ban on people from certain nations he said were deemed a security threat to the US. Joe Biden has promised this will be one of the first policies he reverses.

The ban – which now applies to 13 countries – has survived many legal challenges, but for some families it has meant years of separation.


‘My child turned five yesterday. We have been apart his whole life.’

Afkab Hussein is a Somalian lorry driver who has never lived with his sons.

When he first moved to Ohio in 2015, Afkab Hussein planned for his pregnant wife to join him the following year.

But while his wife and children now live in Kenya, they are Somali citizens – and Somalia was one of the countries on the first iteration of the travel ban.


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The Best Gifts For Families That Travel

Everyone had to stay home a lot more this year, but families faced some extra challenges balancing work and school in the house. This was particularly hard for those households who love to hit the road. So, to bring a little cheer to those families in your life who love to travel, why not get a gift that gets them excited (and prepared) for that next trip? Here are some great options. 

Medjet Membership

There’s nothing better than giving someone peace of mind no matter where in the world they are. That’s what a Medjet membership provides. The global air-medical transport and travel security membership program is ideal for loved ones who are always on the move. With a MedjetAssist membership (around $399 for a one-year

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Free musical tickets offered to North Texas families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

The North Texas Performing Arts organization’s annual “Gift to the Community” program is being expanded this year to include free shows for people who have lost jobs or have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Free tickets are also being offered to first responders, veterans and poor residents.

Scrooge: the Musical will have 14 performances between Dec. 9-20 at the Rodenbaugh Theatre at Willow Bend Center of the Arts in The Shops at Willow Bend Mall in Plano, with two shows dedicated for free ticket recipients. Performances will also be streamed live online.

A water tower near High Mesa Drive, as viewed from a helicopter on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 in Plano, Texas.

Tickets for Scrooge: the Musical are also available to the general public for $20.

Strict social distancing precautions and other safety measures will be in effect for those attending the production in person. There will also be an opportunity for a socially-distanced visit with Santa and sanitized concession gift bags for children.

This year marks the

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Covid-19 risk looms over families torn on holiday travel

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Ulysses sends some Tumauini, Isabela families camping on highway

Several residents affected by the flooding in Tumauini, Isabela due to Typhoon Ulysses have been camping out by the roadside for four nights already and are appealing for help.

According to Jonathan Andal’s report on Balitanghali on Monday, the affected residents of Barangay San Mateo have been sleeping along Maharlika Highway — some under borrowed tents, some on cartons and used tarpaulins, all depending on the kindness of passing motorists for their meals.

“Mas maganda po kasi ‘pag dito lang. Mas malapit sa bahay po namin kaysa pupunta pa kami sa malayo,” a resident said.

The residents claimed they are not receiving enough relief goods from the local government.


For his part, Tumauini Mayor Arnold Bautista said the families camping along the highway were those who refused to go to evacuation centers.

“Pabalik-balik kaming kunin sila para dalhin sa evacuation center. Ayaw nila dahil may mga baka sila, mga baboy

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Homeless figures show fall in families entering emergency accommodation

The number of families entering emergency accommodation for the first time in Dublin has fallen by almost 40% year-on-year, new homeless figures show.

etween January and the end of September, some 519 families availed of emergency homeless services for the first time in the capital, Dublin City Council said.

This represents a drop of 37% on the 837 families availing of the services for the first time in the same period last year.

At the end of September there were a total of 865 families without a home in the county, the lowest number since April 2016.

In August, in comparison, 856 families were in emergency accommodation.

There were 2,008 children in emergency accommodation at the end of September, down 15 on the previous month.

The council said this figure had reduced each month since September last year when there were 2,872 children in the same situation.

The number of

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