Coronavirus: United Kingdom, facing worst recession on record, sees GDP drop 20.4% in Q2

The UK has seen its economy, hit by the coronavirus crisis, suffer a "record" contraction of 20.4% in the second quarter, and is officially facing its worst recession on record, agency figures show National Statistics (ONS), published Wednesday 12 August. 
Economists consider that a country enters a technical recession when it accumulates two consecutive quarters of contraction in its economy. According to the ONS, most of the contraction, which began to be felt in March, occurred in April, an entire month of containment and almost total cessation of activity in the country, which saw production collapsed by 20%.

With a very early recovery in construction sites and manufacturing activity, gross domestic product (GDP) rebounded in May by 2.4% (revised figure), followed by an acceleration in June (+8.7 %) thanks in particular to the reopening of all shops. This is the biggest contraction in the UK economy since the ONS began these quarterly statistics in 1955, he said…

Metro, RER, Transilien, TER ... the transport offer from May 11 unveiled

The RATP and the SNCF accompanied by the Secretary of State for Transport revealed on Friday May 8 the details of the transport plan put in place for deconfinement.Sixty stations of the Paris metro, out of a total of 302, will remain closed Monday, May 11 at the start of deconfinement, announced Friday the Secretary of State for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari. "About sixty RATP stations will remain closed from May 11," he said at a press conference, about ten more than at present. All the RER stations will be open, as will the metro stations connecting with the major Parisian stations (Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon, Montparnasse, Saint-Lazare) and the major transport hubs (Châtelet-Les Halles), said RATP.
 
Metro, RER, Transilien, TER ... the transport offer from May 11 unveiled

Conversely, the République metro station, one of the busiest on the network, will remain closed. Five lines cross there, with narrow corridors and platforms. The public company plans to circulate on average 75% of the metros - 85% on line 13, very busy, and 100% on automatic lines 1 and 14 -, 75% of RER A and B, 75% of buses and from 80 to 100% of trams. To manage the flow of travelers, "3,400 agents" will be deployed, who will be helped by the police. "A million stickers have been deployed" throughout the network to mark physical distance and "limit the crossing of travelers," said RATP CEO Catherine Guillouard during this press conference.

On the SNCF side, CEO Jean-Pierre Farandou noted that 1.5 million stickers had been installed to guide travelers and prohibit condemned seats. "We even have volunteers who came out of the offices to stick stickers on the trains," he said. On the SNCF side, one train out of two on average will run from May 11, with in detail nearly 60% of Transiliens and between 40 and 50% of TER, with "a ramp-up if the situation allows" .

In Ile-de-France, you will need to have a certificate from your employer or have "compelling reason" to travel to take public transport between 6.30 and 9.30 a.m. then between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. Authorities promise "tolerance for the first few days", after which travelers without passes will be fined 135 euros. Ditto for the mask, compulsory from Monday in public transport throughout France. "Please put on the mask and it will be fine," Jean-Pierre Farandou told travelers. There will be "ban on eating and drinking on the network, because you wear a mask," said Catherine Guillouard. Beverage and candy distributors will sell them.



In the provinces, "the minimum supply will be 70% for all networks", certain lines already being reinforced, said the president of the Union of public and railway transport (UTP) Thierry Mallet. "The goal is to reach 100% by early June at the latest," he added. The operators are trying to protect the drivers so that we can once again board a bus from the front, so that the passengers do not meet, he noted. "On the other hand, there are no plans to restart the on-board sale", travelers being invited to buy their tickets by SMS or via applications, he said.