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  1. 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 competition to...

  2. 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 sector...

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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. 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 halt...

  2. 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 said...

  3. August 23, 2013

    Network Rail punctuality falls

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

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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 would be...

  7. 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 that...

  8. 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...

  9. 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 state-run...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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 with...

  13. 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...

  14. 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 floods...

  15. 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 first...

  16. 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 of a...

  17. 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 policy,...

  18. 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 the...

  19. 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 on...

  20. 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...

  21. 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 for...

  22. 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 before...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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 Coast...

  26. 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,...

  27. 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 long...

  28. 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 sit...

  29. 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...

  30. 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 compromise...

  31. 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...

  32. 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 months....

  33. October 11, 2012

    West Coast line runs into legal wrangle

    Transport ministers and officials are in a stand-off over plans to allow Virgin Rail to continue to operate the West Coast...

  34. October 10, 2012

    West Coast fiasco derails franchising plans

    Last week’s fiasco over the West Coast contract has swung the spotlight on to rail franchising, the mechanism that has seen...

  35. October 9, 2012

    McLoughlin rejects doubts over HS2

    The new transport secretary has hit back against critics of the planned high-speed rail link between London and the north in...

  36. October 8, 2012

    An anguished age for the train

    Some news stories seem absurdly linked. Amid the awful child-sex scandal of the late Sir Jimmy Savile, the television...

  37. October 8, 2012

    West Coast contract faces 18 month delay

    Retendering the West Coast main line contract will take up to 18 months, the transport secretary said on Monday, amid...

  38. October 7, 2012

    Consultancy cuts blamed for rail bid mess

    A decision to save £1m in consultants’ fees led to problems that forced the government to scrap the West Coast main line...

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