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  1. September 4, 2014

    Go-Ahead dividend driven up by rail franchise and bus successes

    Go-Ahead is proposing to increase its dividend for the first time in six years after securing Britain’s biggest rail...

  2. August 22, 2014

    Rail fares, the third payroll tax

    A few weeks ago I wrote about the widespread use of cross-subsidy in financial services, such as where free banking for many...

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  1. Special Report: Mid-Market Companies 2013

    Britain’s mid-sized enterprises more than match smaller and larger rivals in terms of ...
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  1. August 19, 2014

    Train operators shortlisted for UK rail franchises

    The shortlisted bidders for two UK rail franchises, Northern and TransPennine Express, were announced on Tuesday as the rail...

  2. August 17, 2014

    Private train companies question Labour plan for state operator

    Transparency would be a key concern if a future Labour government allowed a state operator to compete with private train...

  3. August 15, 2014

    UK rail groups must do more to win over passengers, says watchdog

    Train companies must do more to win the trust of passengers, a watchdog has said, after research showed most operators...

  4. August 6, 2014

    Rail industry reviews prospects for automated trains

    The rail industry has begun a review into using driverless technology to bring automated trains to Britain’s railways. Train...

  5. July 18, 2014

    Hong Kong metro operator MTR Corporation to run Crossrail

    The Hong Kong metro operator MTR Corporation has won the £1.4bn deal to run the UK’s new Crossrail train service, which will...

  6. May 23, 2014

    Go-Ahead gains on UK rail bidding result

    Shares in UK transport operators were making some of the biggest moves in early London trading on Friday after the...

  7. May 23, 2014

    Thameslink rail franchise awarded to Govia joint venture

    Govia, a joint venture between Go-Ahead Group and Keolis of France, has been awarded the government contract to run...

  8. February 20, 2014

    Bus investment pays off for Go-Ahead

    A strong performance in its bus business drove profit at Go-Ahead up by more than 30 per cent. David Brown, chief executive,...

  9. September 26, 2013

    Bids for two London commuter rail franchises sought

    The first big rail franchise competition since the botched West Coast mainline rail tender opened on Thursday, as the...

  10. September 17, 2013

    Newcastle drives ahead with case for bus reform

    On a drizzly autumn day in Newcastle, it is hard to avoid the buses swishing through the puddles, with liveries flashing...

  11. September 5, 2013

    Go-Ahead warns against local authority control of bus services

    Go-Ahead has called on the transport authority in northeast England to form partnership agreements with bus companies rather...

  12. September 1, 2013

    Companies diary: September 2 – September 8

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  13. July 26, 2013

    Tyne and Wear seeks control of bus services

    Tyne and Wear has moved to take back control of its buses from the bus operators by re-regulating services, becoming the...

  14. June 25, 2013

    Four picked for Crossrail operator shortlist

    Four bidders have made the shortlist to run the trains on the UK’s newest rail line, including only two of the London-listed...

  15. June 21, 2013

    Go-Ahead eyes growth from buses

    Go-Ahead said on Thursday that its bus operations would drive the profitability of the group as earnings from its rail...

  16. April 28, 2013

    Transport groups prepare for battle to run Crossrail services

    A fierce battle to run the trains on the UK’s newest rail line will start this week when at least six bidders are expected...

  17. April 9, 2013

    FirstGroup sells eight London bus depots

    FirstGroup has sold eight London bus depots for £80m, taking it further towards its goal of £100m in disposals as part of a...

  18. April 1, 2013

    UK rail franchising overhaul underwhelms

    The overhaul of rail franchising last week following the West Coast fiasco has done little to appease investors, who have...

  19. March 8, 2013

    Transport: Rail operators hold the line after franchise debacle

    Transport companies in the UK – stalwarts of the mid-market company scene – were always expecting 2012 to be an interesting...

  20. February 21, 2013

    Go-Ahead buses take the strain

    Trains may move faster than buses, but when they break down the slow road looks awfully appealing. While the UK rail...

  21. January 1, 2013

    Rail chiefs hope for a Go signal

    After three months of chaos in the UK rail industry following the collapse of the tender process for the West Coast...

  22. October 30, 2012

    Investors deterred by UK rail uncertainty

    Uncertainty around UK rail policy is dissuading investors from buying into transport groups, analysts said on Tuesday after...

  23. October 19, 2012

    Go-Ahead chief backs rail franchising

    The head of the UK’s biggest train operator by passenger numbers has insisted that the country’s rail franchising process is...

  24. October 18, 2012

    BSkyB falls on fears over coming results

    BSkyB was among the fallers in a flat London market on Thursday as fears grew that its result next month would disappoint. A...

  25. September 6, 2012

    Deal flop would leave Sir John with Xplaining

    Executives at Glencore and Xstrata will face criticism if the $70bn merger of the commodities trader and miner founders at a...

  26. September 6, 2012

    Go-Ahead slowed by rail losses

    Go-Ahead Group, the operator of Southern, Southeastern and London Midland trains, reported flat profits in the 2012...

  27. June 21, 2012

    Go-Ahead admits rail division weakness

    Transport group Go-Ahead says the economy is starting to hit the profitability of its rail business, but its bus operations...

  28. April 15, 2012

    New rules will decimate profits

    New accounting rules that will stop companies from padding their earnings statements with anticipated pension fund returns...

  29. March 29, 2012

    Seven shortlisted for three rail franchises

    The renewal of three of the UK’s 19 rail franchises moved a step closer on Thursday as the government announced a shortlist...

  30. March 29, 2012

    Miners lead London falls on metals outlook

    Global slowdown fears sent the London market to its third straight loss on Thursday with miners turning negative for the...

  31. March 19, 2012

    FirstGroup makes second disposal in two weeks

    FirstGroup has sold a 130-vehicle bus depot in north-east London, the second disposal in as many weeks as the transport...

  32. March 11, 2012

    Transport leads way in plans for Games

    At first glance, the nerve centre of the Olympics transport operation looks like any other office. The only clues of what is...

  33. February 23, 2012

    Buses weigh on Go-Ahead

    New business in Go-Ahead’s bus division held back operating profits in the first half, as the group struggled to source...

  34. February 19, 2012

    UK rail franchises face threat from abroad

    The winning bid by a unit of the Dutch state rail operator for the Greater Anglia rail franchise was almost a fifth higher...

  35. January 16, 2012

    UK rail operators brace themselves for shake-up

    The UK rail sector is preparing for a busy three years, with more than half the country’s 19 franchises coming up for...

  36. December 13, 2011

    Go-Ahead lifts profit outlook on passenger growth

    Shares in the Go-Ahead Group rose by almost 5 per cent after the operator of UK trains and buses raised full-year operating...

  37. FT Alphaville

    December 13, 2011

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Tuesday, - Whitbread warns of slowing sales growth at Premier Inn and Costa Coffee — statement....

  38. November 9, 2011

    FirstGroup plans investment in downturn

    FirstGroup’s chief executive made a strong case for investment through the downturn as the train and bus operator reported a...

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