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  1. July 8, 2012

    Network Rail board sees breakdown of trust

    There has been a breakdown in trust between the board of Network Rail and its members, the quasi-shareholders who are meant...

  2. June 23, 2011

    Coucher defends Network Rail payout

    The former chief executive of Network Rail has defended the £1.07m payout he received on leaving the company, after the...

  1. May 31, 2011

    False allegations frustrate former rail chief

    Network Rail’s former chief executive has expressed his frustration at how one of the company’s main trade unions pursued...

  2. May 24, 2011

    Claims against Coucher ‘unfounded’, finds report

    The former chief executive of Network Rail said on Tuesday that allegations of impropriety made against him were “malicious...

  3. March 9, 2011

    Break up Network Rail, urge train operators

    The owner of Britain’s rail network should break itself up rather than simply devolve power to regional managers, the train...

  4. February 27, 2011

    Network Rail chief in push for openness

    The company that runs Britain’s rail network has to move away from the conflict-driven relations with train companies and...

  5. February 6, 2011

    Network Rail urged to widen scope of inquiry

    Network Rail and a rail trade union are at loggerheads over the exact remit of an independent inquiry paid for by the...

  6. Westminster Blog

    January 28, 2011

    Network Rail hire former Tory transport special adviser

    As I revealed before Christmas, Network Rail has agreed to pay for an independent inquiry into allegations of misuse of...

  7. December 20, 2010

    Network Rail to pay for fraud inquiry

    Network Rail will pay for an independent inquiry into allegations of misuse of public funds that have dogged the publicly...

  8. October 13, 2010

    Cash inquiry moves closer for Network Rail

    An independent investigation into allegations of harassment and misuse of public funds at Network Rail could be announced...

  9. September 28, 2010

    Olympic chief heads to Network Rail

    David Higgins will be under immediate pressure to find new ways to reduce costs at the rail infrastructure company The man...

  10. Westminster Blog

    September 21, 2010

    Private sector executive pay is no model to copy

    Why do 9,000 people in the public sector earn more than the prime minister’s £142,500? It would be good to get the Public...

  11. August 19, 2010

    Minister steps into Network Rail dispute

    Philip Hammond, transport secretary, has intervened in the bitter row between Network Rail and the TSSA rail union, saying...

  12. August 13, 2010

    Senior figures set to go at Network Rail

    A shake-up at Network Rail, the company that runs the UK’s rail infrastructure, is imminent, with a number of senior...

  13. August 13, 2010

    All change for ‘next phase’ on railways

    By Robert WrightWhen Iain Coucher announced in June that he was stepping down as chief executive of Network Rail, the...

  14. August 6, 2010

    Network Rail faces information probe

    Network Rail is set to be opened up to freedom of information requests for the first time amid a flurry of potentially...

  15. Westminster Blog

    August 6, 2010

    Questions over Network Rail chief executive

    The TSSA rail union has been pushing for months if not years to find out more about what is has described as a the “James...

  16. July 8, 2010

    Government ready to take on Network Rail debt

    Philip Hammond, the transport secretary, said the government was willing to assume the £23.8bn debt of the company that runs...

  17. June 25, 2010

    Anger over £2.2m paid in bonuses to rail bosses

    Network Rail drew the scorn of the government, the rail industry watchdog and trade unions yesterday after the company...

  18. June 24, 2010

    Lavish Network Rail bonuses draw scorn

    Network Rail drew the scorn of the government, rail industry watchdog and trade unions on Thursday after the company defied...

  19. June 21, 2010

    Auction of high-speed rail link set to fetch more than £1.5bn

    The sale of the UK's only dedicated high-speed rail line is to be launched as early as today, with the company that runs the...

  20. June 21, 2010

    Bidders queue up for sale of high-speed UK rail link

    The company that runs the Channel Tunnel and big infrastructure investors are expected to join the bidding for the UK's only...

  21. June 20, 2010

    UK high-speed rail link auction opens

    The UK coalition government launched its first major privatisation on Monday announcing the sale of the company that...

  22. June 18, 2010

    Coucher quits as Network Rail faces 'difficult' funding talks

    The company that owns Britain's rail network will face "extremely difficult" negotiations about its next five-year funding...

  23. June 17, 2010

    Network Rail faces ‘difficult’ funding talks

    The company that owns Britain’s rail network will face “extremely difficult” negotiations about its next five-year funding...

  24. June 17, 2010

    Coucher to step down as Network Rail chief

    The man who jointly set up the company that runs Britain’s rail network was to step down after nearly eight years at the top...

  25. June 4, 2010

    Network Rail set to face severe cuts

    The company that runs Britain's rail network is discussing hundreds of millions of pounds' worth of spending cuts with...

  26. June 4, 2010

    Network Rail set to face severe cuts

    The company that runs Britain’s rail network is discussing hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of spending cuts with...

  27. June 3, 2010

    Network Rail cuts maintenance costs by 7%

    The company that runs Britain’s rail network cut its maintenance costs by 7 per cent in the first year of a demanding...

  28. Westminster Blog

    May 31, 2010

    Who are Britain's most highly-paid civil servants?

    The government today (Tuesday) releases a list of the 172 civil servants who earn more than £150,000 a year. Some of it is...

  29. May 4, 2010

    Invest in leaders to make the trains run

    Why should a classroom full of middle managers from Network Rail, the organisation that runs the UK's railway...

  30. May 3, 2010

    Invest in leaders to make the trains run

    Why should a classroom full of middle managers from Network Rail, the organisation that runs the UK’s railway...

  31. March 4, 2010

    Rail regulators sound alarm

    Rail regulators have warned there are "significant areas of concern" about the potential impact on railway workers' and...

  32. March 3, 2010

    Rail regulators sound alarm

    Rail regulators have warned there are “significant areas of concern” about the potential impact on railway workers’ and...

  33. November 26, 2009

    Network Rail cuts operating costs

    The company that runs Britain’s mainline rail infrastructure has cut operating costs compared with last year, in the first...

  34. October 28, 2009

    Ministers under pressure to electrify rail

    The company that runs Britain's rail network looks set to put pressure on ministers to agree to further rail...

  35. October 27, 2009

    Ministers under pressure to electrify rail

    The company that runs Britain’s rail network looks set to put pressure on ministers to agree to further rail electrification...

  36. July 23, 2009

    Manager bonuses gain approval

    The body charged with holding Network Rail to account on Wednesday supported the controversial bonus packages of its senior...

  37. June 27, 2009

    Network Rail’s bonuses attacked

    Rail regulators on Friday attacked Network Rail’s remuneration committee, saying they were “surprised and disappointed” by...

  38. June 27, 2009

    Network Rail's bonuses attacked

    Rail regulators yesterday attacked Network Rail's remuneration committee, saying they were "surprised and disappointed" by...

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