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  1. June 21, 2012

    Gove ‘O-level’ plan sparks uproar

    Michael Gove has ignited a furious coalition row with the Liberal Democrats by proposing to abolish the GCSE, the exam...

  2. May 22, 2012

    Class war rumbles on in Westminster

    Class and poverty are dominating discussion in Westminster as the coalition exchanges blows with Labour over the issue of...

  1. January 24, 2012

    Elections of mayors planned for November

    Elections for mayors in up to 11 of England’s biggest cities will go ahead in November – subject to the outcome of...

  2. December 7, 2011

    Budget errors add to schools reform fears

    The coalition’s academies programme has had sceptics from the start – even from school reformers inside the academies...

  3. September 23, 2011

    MPs warn on failure to reform civil service

    Key policies on public service reform, localism and the Big Society “will fail”, MPs warned on Thursday, because the...

  4. May 6, 2011

    My response to Adonis’s plans

    From David Lidington MP. Sir, I was puzzled by the quotation you attributed to me in your report “Nimbys begin struggle over...

  5. April 17, 2011

    Research supports academies policy

    The academies programme, supported by both major British parties, has been given fresh support by researchers who find that...

  6. March 21, 2011

    Will low-key ‘Ozzy’ dazzle?

    Chancellors tend not to acquire playful media monikers, perhaps because of the gravity of the office. Alistair Darling never...

  7. March 7, 2011

    Economy does not depend on high-speed rail

    From Mr Martin Halliday. Sir, Despite his protestations to the contrary (Letters, March 1), it seems that Andrew Adonis is...

  8. October 22, 2010

    Stability at top would help cut waste

    From Mr Miles Templeman. Sir, Wednesday’s tough spending review, which was absolutely necessary, must now be matched with...

  9. October 19, 2010

    Slash and burn won’t cure Whitehall

    It is hard to exaggerate the pace and scale of change about to sweep through Whitehall, as part of wider public spending...

  10. September 30, 2010

    Railways adviser supports devolved network

    The railway industry must tackle its inflated costs with clearer leadership than the government appears able to provide,...

  11. June 15, 2010

    Rail growth rates 'unsustainable'

    Recent growth rates in the railway industry will be "unsustainable" if the sector's costs remain as high as at present, the...

  12. June 7, 2010

    Debate on high-speed rail reveals deep divide

    Britain's key transport policymakers are embroiled in a heated dispute over how best to allocate limited resources in a...

  13. June 7, 2010

    Funding constraints steer fierce debate

    Britain's key transport policymakers are embroiled in a heated dispute over how best to allocate limited resources in a...

  14. June 7, 2010

    Roads polarise experts and MPs

    One issue that unites almost all British transport economists - and distances them from most politicians - is their view...

  15. June 6, 2010

    Radical transport thinking sparks dispute

    Britain’s key transport policymakers are embroiled in a heated dispute over how best to allocate limited resources in a...

  16. June 4, 2010

    Axe for InterCity carriages order feared

    Rail operators are bracing themselves for Philip Hammond, the new transport secretary, to cancel a £7.5bn order for 1,400...

  17. May 25, 2010

    Britain wrestles with the Con-Lib paradox

    The shock in centre-left circles that the Liberal Democrats chose to enter into coalition with the Conservatives is deep....

  18. March 15, 2010

    Plan to turn UK lords into US-style senators

    The UK House of Lords would be turned into a US-style elected Senate under a Labour election pledge to complete reforms of...

  19. March 15, 2010

    Plan to turn UK lords into US-style senators

    The UK House of Lords would be turned into a US-style elected Senate under a Labour election pledge to complete reforms of...

  20. March 14, 2010

    Plan to turn UK lords into US-style senators

    The UK House of Lords would be turned into a US-style elected Senate under a Labour election pledge to complete reforms of...

  21. March 12, 2010

    Region welcomes Leeds and Sheffield's inclusion in plan

    Yorkshire businesses and politicians reacted with joy to the unexpected announcement that the new line would branch from...

  22. February 27, 2010

    Probe delays high-speed train decision

    One of Britain's biggest train orders faces an uncertain future after the government announced an inquiry into whether plans...

  23. February 26, 2010

    Probe delays high-speed train decision

    One of Britain’s biggest, most controversial train orders faces an uncertain future after the government announced an...

  24. February 25, 2010

    Electric cars have £5,000 subsidy

    Anyone who buys an electric car will be able to take advantage of a subsidy of up to £5,000 under plans to be set out by the...

  25. February 20, 2010

    Tory claim over high-speed rail

    The shadow transport secretary has insisted the Conservatives are more enthusiastic about high-speed rail than the...

  26. February 18, 2010

    Stagecoach seeks more control over rail

    UK train services are "as good as they can get" unless the government gives operators more control over the tracks,...

  27. February 17, 2010

    Stagecoach seeks more control over rail

    One of Britain’s biggest rail operators has called on the government to give train companies more control so they can...

  28. January 27, 2010

    Chaotic Thameslink offers extra compensation

    Passengers on the chaotic Thameslink commuter line will be able to claim free travel or discounted tickets in addition to...

  29. January 21, 2010

    Adonis warns Thameslink rail operator

    The train operator responsible for running the chaotic Thameslink service could be stripped of its franchise if it fails to...

  30. January 20, 2010

    Adonis warns Thameslink rail operator

    The train operator responsible for running the chaotic Thameslink service could be stripped of its franchise if it fails to...

  31. January 15, 2010

    Late trains face reality check

    Train operators could have to hit tougher punctuality targets after Lord Adonis, the transport secretary, signalled that the...

  32. January 12, 2010

    Tories plan to introduce longer rail franchises

    Theresa Villiers will on Wednesday promise to introduce a new system of flexible rail franchises of 15 to 20 years to impose...

  33. December 4, 2009

    Drink-driving law under scrutiny

    The legal alcohol limit for driving could be lowered and new offences related to drug-driving introduced after the...

  34. November 27, 2009

    Not quite end of the line for NatExpress

    National Express will be allowed to retain its remaining two rail franchises for their full term after the government...

  35. November 26, 2009

    Not quite end of the line for NatExpress

    Hanging on to the East Anglia and C2C routes for another year will allow the operator to retain a source of cash flow as it...

  36. November 26, 2009

    National Express loses East Anglia franchise

    National Express will not be allowed to extend its East Anglia rail franchise beyond 2011, it was announced on Thursday. The...

  37. November 24, 2009

    Rail discomfort

    Lord Adonis, transport secretary, won praise last week for announcing £50m to spruce up the country's 10 worst interchange...

  38. October 7, 2009

    Taking a train to the sun and back

    From Mr John Willman. Sir, Andrew Adonis is doing such a great job of advocating new high-speed rail lines for the UK that I...

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