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      June 24, 2015

      FT Opening Quote - Stagecoach drives 10% divvy rise

      Stagecoach shareholders are riding in comfort with a 10.5 per cent dividend rise, Ahold and Delhaize are combining...

    2. June 21, 2015

      Corporate diary: June 22 — June 26

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

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    1. Special Report: Mid-Market Companies 2013

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    1. March 20, 2015

      Rail passenger complaints on the rise

      The number of complaints against train companies is back on the rise, led by a surge in disgruntlement among passengers...

    2. March 17, 2015

      Loss of Whitehall skills proves costly, say MPs

      Failures such as the West Coast mainline franchise contest are inevitable if civil service skills are not improved, a...

    3. February 6, 2015

      UK competition watchdog sounds alarm over East Coast rail deal

      Britain’s competition authority has questioned the government’s decision to hand the contract to operate the East Coast...

    4. November 27, 2014

      London rail stocks head in different directions

      Shares in the UK’s biggest train operating companies headed in opposite directions on Thursday in response to the...

    5. June 19, 2014

      Virgin steams ahead in UK rail franchising shake-up

      When Sir Richard Branson heard in a late night telephone call that he had won his challenge against a botched...

    6. May 15, 2014

      UK transport unions to fight East Coast rail line ruling

      Transport unions say they will continue their fight to stop the East Coast rail line being handed back to the private...

    7. April 4, 2014

      Unions to seek judicial review over planned rail sale

      Rail unions have decided to seek a judicial review of the competition to run the East Coast main line in an attempt to...

    8. August 29, 2013

      Stagecoach is on target after US growth

      Strong growth at Megabus in North America helped put Stagecoach on track to meet its targets for the year, the company...

    9. August 23, 2013

      Network Rail punctuality falls

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

    10. 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...

    11. June 6, 2013

      Virgin sues Network Rail over West Coast line

      Virgin Rail is taking legal action against Network Rail in a bid to force the owner of the UK rail network to improve...

    12. May 20, 2013

      Lombard: ENRC buyout offer reads like an invitation to a wake

      The verdict of one observer on an indicative offer for Eurasian Natural Resources is that “you can’t imagine there...

    13. May 5, 2013

      Arriva in northern rail services plan

      Deutsche Bahn, the German state-owned rail operator, is seeking to start passenger services on the West Coast mainline...

    14. March 26, 2013

      Lombard: Bond funds toil to gain from West’s slide

      The feeling that fings ain’t what they used to be for developed economies is deepened by a Financial Times analysis of...

    15. March 26, 2013

      Rail franchises face complete overhaul

      A complete overhaul of the rail franchising timetable was announced on Tuesday, including plans to privatise the...

    16. 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...

    17. January 31, 2013

      MPs split on blame for West Coast fiasco

      Ministers were to blame for the West Coast rail fiasco, according to a report by MPs published on Thursday. The Commons...

    18. January 10, 2013

      Rail fiasco blamed on DfT skills shortage

      The West Coast mainline fiasco was the product of a depleted Department for Transport rather than fundamental problems...

    19. 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...

    20. December 23, 2012

      Floods cause more Christmas travel chaos

      “Unprecedented” levels of rain and flooding have caused prolonged misery for those attempting Christmas travel, with...

    21. December 20, 2012

      New rail data show scale of late running

      Almost 43 per cent of trains were late in the past month, according to figures released on Thursday which, for the...

    22. December 18, 2012

      ‘Error’ not to use West Coast advisers

      Spending £1m on financial advisers would almost certainly have avoided the West Coast rail fiasco, according to author...

    23. December 6, 2012

      Cuts blamed for West Coast rail fiasco

      Swingeing cuts at the Department for Transport, together with rushed implementation of changes to rail franchising...

    24. December 6, 2012

      Officials reinstated in West Coast fiasco

      Three officials at the Department for Transport who were suspended over the West Coast fiasco have been reinstated, as...

    25. December 6, 2012

      Virgin keeps West Coast line for two years

      Virgin Trains will continue to operate the West Coast rail franchise for a further 23 months, the government announced...

    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...

    27. November 29, 2012

      Rail bid official says suspension unfair

      A senior civil servant suspended over the cancelled West Coast main line rail contract has hit out at the Department...

    28. November 28, 2012

      Ministry delays West Coast report

      The Department for Transport has delayed the publication of an internal report into the West Coast rail fiasco, days...

    29. November 27, 2012

      Suspended rail official sues DfT

      One of the officials suspended by the Department for Transport over the West Coast main line franchise fiasco has begun...

    30. 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...

    31. October 31, 2012

      McLoughlin defends West Coast pricing

      Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, defended the government’s attempt to get the highest price for the West...

    32. October 29, 2012

      West coast report finds damning flaws

      Heavy cuts to staff and budgets compounded by rushed policymaking have left the Department for Transport dysfunctional,...

    33. October 23, 2012

      Bidders claim rail flaws spotted in 2011

      The Department for Transport was alerted to errors in the bid documentation for the West Coast main line franchise as...

    34. October 19, 2012

      Osborne in first class ticket dispute

      George Osborne became embroiled in a dispute over train fares on Friday, after he and an aide were accused of asking to...

    35. October 18, 2012

      Barclays’ ethical makeover marred by PPI

      It’s not the ideal start to winning back public confidence. Just as the chairmen of the big five British banks stopped...

    36. October 15, 2012

      Short-term fix for West Coast line contract

      The future of the West Coast main line will remain in doubt until after the next general election following a...

    37. October 15, 2012

      Tchenguiz case shows chest hair is no crime

      It is no surprise that the Serious Fraud Office has dropped an investigation into Robert Tchenguiz. The agency’s...

    38. October 14, 2012

      Virgin poised for West Coast extension

      Virgin Rail is likely to get the green light on Monday to run the West Coast main line for at least another eight...

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