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  1. October 1, 2014

    Network Rail told to cut costs by 20% in next five years

    Network Rail will have to cut costs by a fifth over the next five years while improving services on Britain’s railways, the...

  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...

Special Reports

  1. Rail and Metro 2013

    Transport advances pinned on technology...
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  1. August 21, 2014

    Rail subsidies fall 40% in five years

    Rail subsidies have fallen almost 40 per cent over the past five years, according to statistics released by the Department...

  2. August 15, 2014

    Lib Dems plan freedom of information rules for private companies

    Water companies, the “Big Six” energy suppliers and housing associations would be forced to open their books to the public...

  3. August 15, 2014

    Be honest about Network Rail’s £34bn debt

    Network Rail, that phoenix from the ashes of Railtrack, was set up as a “not for profit” company. Well, it has certainly...

  4. August 12, 2014

    Network Rail debt move goes off track

    Ministers are exploring ways to reverse the accounting changes that will next month see Network Rail’s £34bn of gross debts...

  5. 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...

  6. July 16, 2014

    Network Rail faces equal pay claim

    Network Rail is facing the biggest equal pay claim in its history only a week after it was found to have missed punctuality...

  7. July 7, 2014

    Network Rail fined £53m for late running trains

    Network Rail has been given a record £53.1m fine for failing to meet punctuality targets in the past five years. The...

  8. July 6, 2014

    Late trains fine to be spent on free and faster WiFi links

    Passengers on some trains will benefit from faster internet access after ministers decided to spend a fine imposed on...

  9. June 27, 2014

    The north is an engine of growth that is ready to roar

    The setting was familiar to me: the Power Hall in Manchester’s fascinating Museum of Science and Industry on the site of the...

  10. May 12, 2014

    Network Rail chief warns upgrade project will breach £1bn budget

    The new chief executive of Network Rail has admitted that a £1bn project has gone over budget, as the UK’s railways enter...

  11. May 2, 2014

    Network Rail cuts executive bonuses

    The UK’s railway operator has said it will cut bonuses for its most senior directors. Under a new regime announced on...

  12. April 4, 2014

    Storm-battered southwest rail link reopens after £35m repairs

    The rail link to the southwest of England reopened on Friday, two months after the trackbed was swept away by the sea at...

  13. March 31, 2014

    Network Rail in funds warning on storm damage

    Network Rail has said it may not have enough money to protect Britain’s railways from the effects of climate change and...

  14. March 25, 2014

    Hopes fade for rapid start to London’s Crossrail 2

    Expectations of an imminent start on a new north-south rail line across London have been damped, with the former chief...

  15. Off Message

    March 20, 2014

    Buried in the Budget: 'higher' debt, easier mandate

    In spite of his genuinely radical pensions reforms, George Osborne’s Budget had a familiar underlying theme: austerity will...

  16. March 17, 2014

    HS2 boss says it has ‘potential to transform the North’

    The new head of HS2 has set out his vision for the £50bn high speed rail line, calling for faster construction and better...

  17. February 25, 2014

    Network Rail boss puts storms cost at £170m

    The recent heavy storms have caused about £170m in damage to the UK rail network and had a “devastating effect” on business...

  18. February 9, 2014

    Floods cut off rail services to southwest England

    Thousands of rail passengers in southwest England were cut off completely from London on Sunday after fresh storms swept in...

  19. February 8, 2014

    Study offers funding boost to Crossrail 2

    Funding for a proposed new north-south railway under London could be raised with less than half the cost coming from central...

  20. February 6, 2014

    Historic rail line damaged by storm threatened with closure

    The threat of future storm damage could spell the end for one of the most spectacular stretches of railway in the country as...

  21. February 5, 2014

    Rail link to southwest washed away

    Britain lashed by fresh storms Cornwall and parts of Devon could be without rail links to London for up to six weeks after...

  22. Westminster Blog

    January 24, 2014

    Labour's own infrastructure adviser criticises Miliband energy policy

    Last October, at the height of the political row over energy bills, we reported on the growing concerns of senior business...

  23. January 17, 2014

    HS2 construction chief to earn salary of £750,000

    A top executive from Network Rail will become head of construction of HS2, the controversial high-speed rail project, on an...

  24. January 3, 2014

    MPs criticise winter transport chaos

    More must be done to ensure the transport network keeps running during severe weather, MPs have said, as yet more stormy...

  25. December 27, 2013

    Thousands without power as second gale of Christmas hits

    Network Rail has stepped up its call for government money to make sure Victorian-era train lines can withstand the strain of...

  26. December 23, 2013

    Two people killed as storm hits UK Christmas travellers

    A man and a woman died in swollen rivers on Monday and thousands of people faced travel chaos trying to make it home for...

  27. December 8, 2013

    Treasury to maintain railways investment

    The Treasury has committed itself to maintaining its investment programme in the railways once Network Rail’s debts come on...

  28. December 4, 2013

    Gatwick rail link funding approved

    Ministers have accepted recommendations by a body investigating Britain’s airports that could lead to significant...

  29. November 29, 2013

    First-time buyers in London and their fight to get on the ladder

    Following on from John Kay’s eloquent view of London’s property market, the Financial Times spoke to some young Britons...

  30. November 4, 2013

    Cameron looks to new HS2 chief to cut construction cost

    The budget of the £50bn high-speed rail line could fall by at least 10 per cent if the new head of the project delivers on...

  31. August 23, 2013

    Network Rail punctuality falls

    Network Rail punctuality has fallen, according to its latest figures, adding to concerns about its performance. Punctuality...

  32. May 27, 2013

    Crossrail and Thameslink take different approaches to risk

    There could be few more fitting places for two of the UK’s biggest rail projects in many years to meet. Later this decade,...

  33. April 18, 2013

    State-run railway beats private rivals

    The state-run East Coast mainline has emerged as the most efficiently run rail franchise in terms of its reliance on...

  34. February 26, 2013

    UK borrowing costs fall despite rating cuts

    UK long-term borrowing costs have fallen to their lowest level this year, as troubles in the eurozone offset worries over a...

  35. February 21, 2013

    Former Virgin executive to head centre

    Will Whitehorn, a former senior Virgin Group executive, is to chair a government innovation centre being created to devise...

  36. February 10, 2013

    Techs lead Milton Keynes revival

    A pool of highly skilled labour and good transport connections are driving “a high-tech renaissance” in Milton Keynes,...

  37. January 21, 2013

    Rail and road show resilience

    Snow brought more chaos to the rail and road networks on Monday but there were signs that lessons learnt from the severe...

  38. January 8, 2013

    Network Rail outlines investment plans

    Network Rail has priced running and improving Britain’s rail network from 2014 to 2019 at £37.5bn, a cost to be funded from...

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