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    1. January 14, 2015

      ‘Trampolines on the track’: a new reason for train delays

      Leaves on the line or the wrong kind of snow — some of the most mocked reasons for UK train delays — have been replaced by a...

    2. January 12, 2015

      Railway report rekindles row over break-up

      Failures by private contractors were among the key reasons for the UK’s Christmas travel chaos, according to Network Rail,...

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    1. Rail and Metro 2013

      Transport advances pinned on technology...
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    1. January 2, 2015

      Rail fares rise follows festive chaos

      Annual rail fare rises came into effect on Friday, pushing up the price of train journeys overall by 2.2 per cent and...

    2. December 30, 2014

      New year honours: City and political donors miss out

      New year honours Banking titans and political donors are conspicuous by their absence in the last new year honours list...

    3. December 30, 2014

      Network Rail chief Mark Carne gives up bonus

      The head of Network Rail is to give up his bonus this year because of botched track upgrades over Christmas that led to...

    4. December 29, 2014

      Network Rail chief calls for work review

      The head of Network Rail has conceded that there needs to be a new approach to the timing of engineering works after botched...

    5. December 28, 2014

      Network Rail faces probe over Christmas travel chaos

      Network Rail came in for heavy criticism over the Christmas train travel chaos, with Britain’s rail watchdog launching an...

    6. December 27, 2014

      Rail chaos as engineering work over-runs

      Thousands of passengers have been hit by travel chaos after late-running engineering works brought some of Britain’s busiest...

    7. December 26, 2014

      Political row erupts over Boxing Day trains

      A political row has broken out over the lack of rail services on Boxing Day, with 17 train operators offering no service at...

    8. December 14, 2014

      Network Rail attacked by regulator for poor performance

      Britain’s rail regulator has issued a damning rebuke to the chief executive of Network Rail, saying that almost every aspect...

    9. December 5, 2014

      UK rail fares to rise 2.2%

      Train fares will rise by an average of 2.2 per cent in January 2015, the Rail Delivery Group said. The increase includes...

    10. November 20, 2014

      Network Rail criticised for late trains, poor management

      Train punctuality has fallen to its worst level in five years, according to a damning report into Network Rail which also...

    11. November 1, 2014

      Branson’s familiar path offers limited clues into the future

      Although its activities might be eye-catchingly different from the group’s other enterprises, Virgin Galactic has followed a...

    12. October 28, 2014

      Boris Johnson fears for London economy without Crossrail 2

      The London mayor warned on Tuesday that the capital would “seize up” without Crossrail 2, a proposed £20bn rail line linking...

    13. October 23, 2014

      Number of UK train passengers rises sharply

      Passenger numbers on Britain’s railways have increased sharply in the past six months, with demand rising to its highest...

    14. October 19, 2014

      The app now arriving at Platform 1 . . . rail puts digital on track

      As the train pulls into the station you board the first carriage because your smartphone told you that was where the only...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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