Big projects worthless if they don’t work

Britain’s plans have succumbed to the political imperative for soundbites and love of the grandiose

London, UK - October 2, 2010 - Bicycle commuters on their way to work after crossing Blackfriars bridge in early morning.
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I want to return to my bike despite risk

The longer I suffer the commute, the more likely I will stop asking if it is mad to cycle

Network Rail: no easy options

Selling assets to plug funding gap will be complex and controversial

Ackman’s US rail bet hits the buffers

Activist hit by collapse of Canadian Pacific’s bid for rival

CP ends pursuit of Norfolk Southern

Rail group accepts rival takeover defeat for second time

Spanish trains chief gauges global market

About 16,000km of high-speed track under construction globally

Network Rail attracts telecoms interest

Mobile groups eye deal to use trackside fibre optic system

Abengoa raises €137m in emergency loans

Spanish renewables group needs creditor approval for restructuring

Europe faces transport security challenge

Calls for new approach across air and rail network

Overground train

Arriva wins £1.5bn London Overground bid

UK division of Deutsche Bahn wins suburban rail contract

Train companies must ease refund claims

Britain’s rail regulator criticises complicated compensation rules

Backing for greater private sector role in UK railways

Network Rail’s plans to consider sale of stations endorsed by report

HS2 advisers help set in train fast line

Impact of high-speed railway to the north is already being felt

Eurostar profits hit by Paris attacks

Train operator reports flat passenger numbers

Ex-rivals join hands in A$9bn Asciano bid

Qube and Brookfield end bid battle for Australian freight group

Network Rail looks to offload big stations

Euston and Waterloo among assets considered for sell-off

Adonis urges Crossrail 2 to be a priority

London will ‘grind to a halt’ without improvements

UK rail: dogged by uncertainty

More competition is great — in theory

China leads in Malaysian mega-projects

Japanese and other foreign bidders being edged out as Beijing gets close to Kuala Lumpur

Competition body calls for rail shake-up

CMA watchdog urges increased ‘open-access’ services or scrapping franchise system

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