Bitesize Blighty: August 18, 2017

Immy Ransom,  Ligia Vela-Reid

  • Tourist travel to the UK has risen this season, with the number of visitors to the country having reached a record 3.5 million in June – an increase of 7% from the same month last year. These upbeat figures are largely the result of a weakened pound which, besides creating favourable conditions for visiting the UK, has contributed to a 15% rise in tourist spending.  
  • London’s public transportation authority is set to mark the first anniversary of the launch of one of its flagship services – the night tube. The popular service was introduced as part of the London Underground’s aims to offer commuters an uninterrupted night-time service, staying open 24 hours on Fridays and Sundays. It initially ran on two lines when it was launched in August last year but has since been expanded to five, facilitating a total of 8 million journeys throughout this time.   
  • A new programme is being introduced in some UK prisons, which will see prison cells revamped to include telephones and computers. Inmates will no longer need to queue to use communal phones, and will be able to order food and book training courses with the simple click of a mouse. Despite seeming abstract in nature, the scheme has clear aims to combat the illegal smuggling of mobile phones and other unsolicited technology into UK prisons.

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