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  1. 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...

  2. August 1, 2014

    Strong pound wipes more than £1bn off profits of big UK companies

    When the International Monetary Fund warned this week that the pound was overvalued, a chorus of agreement would have been...

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  1. July 30, 2014

    Bad US weather and Spanish strikes hit National Express profits

    Half-year profit has fallen a fifth at National Express after the bus and rail operator was hit by freezing weather in the...

  2. 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...

  3. June 27, 2014

    National Express retains Essex Thameside rail franchise until 2029

    National Express has won the competition to run the Essex Thameside rail franchise, branded as C2C, retaining the contract...

  4. May 22, 2014

    Bidders await arrival of rail franchises with bated breath

    Transport groups are about to discover who has won the first two UK rail franchises to be awarded since the West Coast...

  5. May 6, 2014

    Souter pursues Stagecoach business model in eastern Europe

    Sir Brian Souter, the Scottish chairman of transport group Stagecoach, is expanding his own bus business across Europe as he...

  6. February 27, 2014

    National Express aims to grow outside UK

    National Express is to focus on growth outside its traditional UK market with plans for further expansion into Germany, the...

  7. January 13, 2014

    US activist hedge funds form UK bridgehead for charge into Europe

    Lawyers are warning UK and European companies to brace themselves against a US invasion: of American activist funds, seeking...

  8. December 18, 2013

    Activist investors can find the UK a tricky destination

    There’s definitely a Christmas timetable in operation at FirstGroup. The seasonal lull means that Sandell Asset Management’s...

  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. July 24, 2013

    Loss of UK rail franchise knocks National Express profits

    Headline profits took a heavy knock from the loss of National Express’ penultimate UK rail franchise last year – almost £11m...

  11. July 2, 2013

    National Express reassures investors over hitting cash goal

    National Express on Tuesday reassured investors that it was on course to hit its target of generating up to £150m of cash...

  12. 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...

  13. June 19, 2013

    Labour hardens stance on train operators

    Labour is stepping up its resistance to the privatisation of the East Coast rail line as the party hardens its stance...

  14. May 27, 2013

    Crossrail: East-west scheme set to lift capacity

    Deep below the streets of London, five giant machines are excavating the tunnels for the city’s newest underground railway,...

  15. May 20, 2013

    FTSE 100 hits highest in 12 years

    The FTSE 100 hit its highest in more than 12 years on Monday, with utilities underpinning the advance. United Utilities...

  16. May 13, 2013

    HSBC and Standard Chartered drag but FTSE edges up

    HSBC and Standard Chartered dragged on the London market on Monday, even as the FTSE 100 edged to its eighth straight gain....

  17. May 7, 2013

    National Express eyes German rail tenders

    National Express underlined its focus on expanding its position in Germany, as it looked to build on its initial success in...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. March 6, 2013

    Elliott to sell half National Express stake

    Elliott Advisors, the activist investor that spent the spring of 2011 attempting to overthrow the board of National Express,...

  22. February 28, 2013

    Pensioner subsidy cut hits National Express

    A cut to government pensioner bus subsidies led to a million fewer over-60s using National Express’s coaches last year,...

  23. February 7, 2013

    National Express wins German rail contract

    National Express has won two contracts to operate German regional rail services, representing a first for UK transport...

  24. January 31, 2013

    Rail franchise changes under fire

    Two UK train operators have hit out over changes that the government has made to its rail franchising plans in the wake of...

  25. 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...

  26. December 5, 2012

    Stagecoach’s UK buses perform robustly

    Sir Brian Souter has predicted Stagecoach’s exposure to the UK rail market will rise in the next five years, in contrast to...

  27. November 29, 2012

    Gold miners among biggest gainers

    Gold miners were among the gainers as the London market reached a three-week high. Petropavlovsk rose 1.4 per cent to 328.1p...

  28. November 27, 2012

    Sir John Armitt to take helm at NatEx

    The man who oversaw the construction of the Olympic Park for the London games will join National Express as its next...

  29. November 7, 2012

    FirstGroup dividend pledge under threat

    FirstGroup looks set to abandon its aggressive dividend policy after it scrapped plans to raise its interim payout to...

  30. 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...

  31. October 24, 2012

    Spain’s cutbacks hit National Express

    Shares in National Express fell more than 12 per cent on Wednesday after the group reported deteriorating ­performance in...

  32. September 30, 2012

    Greyhound UK on brink of extinction

    What began three years ago with American rock music and live greyhound dogs as promotional tools looks set to end at Stand...

  33. September 20, 2012

    FirstGroup in dual franchise provisions

    FirstGroup is having to double up on preparations to take over the disputed West Coast rail franchise with a state-owned...

  34. September 12, 2012

    Virgin spurs planning for nationalised rail line

    The government is preparing to nationalise the West Coast mainline should Virgin Rail, the incumbent, succeed in securing a...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. August 19, 2012

    West Coast blues

    The privatisation of Britain’s railways in the early 1990s was meant to end the inefficiencies that had characterised the...

  38. August 15, 2012

    Virgin threatens to give up on UK rail

    Sir Richard Branson has threatened to pull his Virgin Group out of bidding for any future UK rail contracts after losing the...

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