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  1. December 31, 2013

    Northern Ireland talks chaired by Richard Haass end in failure

    All-night talks to ease political tensions in Northern Ireland ended in failure on Tuesday morning as the five largest...

  2. July 19, 2013

    Theresa Villiers warns parades violence will harm NI investment

    Further parade-related violence in Northern Ireland will only damage efforts to attract jobs and investment to the region,...

  1. May 9, 2013

    G4S awarded contract to help protect G8 leaders

    G4S, the support services group that bungled the contract to supply security guards to the London Olympics, will help the...

  2. February 26, 2013

    MPs pinpoint blame for West Coast debacle

    Fundamental errors combined with a lack of leadership and common sense at the Department for Transport led to the West Coast...

  3. October 3, 2012

    Coalition accused of ineptitude and waste

    Precisely a month ago, the then rail minister Theresa Villiers struck an uncompromising note as she promised the government...

  4. September 13, 2012

    N Ireland seeks decision on rate-setting

    Northern Ireland’s political and business leaders have urged the UK Treasury to stop dithering over devolving corporation...

  5. September 4, 2012

    Reshuffle seen to pave way for Heathrow U-turn

    The removal of Justine Greening as transport secretary and the appointment of Patrick McLoughlin as her successor has been...

  6. September 4, 2012

    Industry reaction to cabinet shake-up

    Reaction to David Cameron’s first reshuffle has been swift. FT reporters round-up comments from health professionals, the...

  7. Westminster Blog

    September 4, 2012

    Tory changes to the cabinet

    David Cameron has now completed the Conservative cabinet appointments of his first major reshuffle. As Nick Clegg works own...

  8. September 3, 2012

    Virgin challenge delays rail contract

    The government has delayed the signing of a contract to hand control of the West Coast main line to FirstGroup because of a...

  9. Westminster Blog

    September 3, 2012

    Govt puts FirstGroup bid for train line on hold

    This post originally attributed the statement to Justine Greening, the transport secretary. It was actually issued by her...

  10. July 15, 2012

    UK hopes to boost regional airports

    Britain’s underused regional airports could help alleviate the capacity crunch in the south-east, a government minister has...

  11. May 22, 2012

    Scheduled flights get priority for Games

    Airlines have secured a partial victory in their battle to ensure that scheduled flights can be given priority over private...

  12. May 20, 2012

    Heathrow ‘free to lobby on third runway’

    The owner of Heathrow airport will be free to make the case for a third runway during the consultation on how to preserve...

  13. April 18, 2012

    Minister rejects calls for third Heathrow runway

    The aviation minister on Wednesday strongly rejected calls from business to allow Heathrow airport’s expansion, saying...

  14. April 18, 2012

    Gatwick sets sights on fresh markets

    Gatwick is seeking to become the UK’s main gateway to emerging markets, and is well placed to do so because it does not...

  15. December 30, 2011

    Campaigners see no need for new runways

    Britain can deal with a steep rise in aviation demand in the coming decades without building any new airports or runways,...

  16. Westminster Blog

    November 2, 2011

    Theresa Villiers pulls out of Derby meeting

    By Andrew Bounds The government has risked a fresh fight with Derby after Theresa Villiers, rail minister, pulled out of a...

  17. August 3, 2011

    Protesters seek to block Dover sale

    Opponents of plans to privatise the port of Dover have called on the government to use a revised set of criteria for the...

  18. June 16, 2011

    Bombardier loses out to Siemens on train order

    The UK’s last remaining train factory suffered a significant blow on Thursday when a consortium led by Germany’s Siemens was...

  19. February 2, 2011

    Minister sets out reform of travel insurance

    Millions more holidaymakers will have to pay into the government’s ATOL travel insurance scheme under plans announced by...

  20. 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...

  21. January 19, 2011

    New rail franchisees could face greater risks

    Ministers are poised to end a system that compensates train operators when revenues fall short of expectations while keeping...

  22. November 18, 2010

    Minister and mayor duck Thameslink questions

    The rail minister and London’s mayor have refused to be drawn on the timing and scope of the next stage in upgrading the...

  23. October 17, 2010

    Train chief attacks timid rail overhaul

    One of Britain’s biggest train operators has launched a blistering attack on the government’s plans to overhaul the rail...

  24. October 7, 2010

    Virgin bid to extend rail franchise rejected

    Virgin Trains’ request for a two-year extension to its West Coast rail contract has been rejected, raising the prospect of a...

  25. October 4, 2010

    Hammond gives high-speed rail line green light

    Philip Hammond promised to press ahead with a new £33bn high-speed rail line despite financial constraints on the government...

  26. Westminster Blog

    October 4, 2010

    Hammond scraps Tories' plans for S-shaped high speed rail

    Philip Hammond, the transport secretary, has proved his pragmatism this morning by announcing in his conference speech that...

  27. September 14, 2010

    Director quits as rail woes continue

    The operations director at East Coast Trains, operator of long-distance passenger trains between London, Leeds and...

  28. June 30, 2010

    National Express may keep control of rail lines

    National Express may be allowed to continue operating two of the UK's busiest rail lines, in a reversal of the previous...

  29. June 30, 2010

    Nat Express may keep control of rail lines

    National Express may be allowed to continue operating two of the UK’s busiest rail lines, in a reversal of the previous...

  30. June 18, 2010

    Rail review follows bill for higher subsidies

    The government has signalled a radical shake-up of the rail industry at the same time as an arbitrator ruled that it must...

  31. June 17, 2010

    Rail review follows bill for higher subsidies

    The government has signalled a radical shake-up of the rail industry at the same time as an arbitrator ruled that it must...

  32. May 20, 2010

    Ministers scour books for cuts

    A £6bn contract for civil search-and-rescue missions, a £1bn job creation scheme and a £7.5bn order for new inter-city...

  33. May 19, 2010

    Ministers scour government books for cuts

    A £6bn contract for civil search-and-rescue missions, a £1bn job creation scheme and a £7.5bn order for new inter-city...

  34. May 14, 2010

    Moderate chosen for Europe post

    David Cameron yesterday shied away from appointing a hardline eurosceptic as Europe minister, instead choosing David...

  35. Westminster Blog

    May 13, 2010

    Ministerial Appointments (beneath Cabinet level): a fuller list

    Here is the list we’ve been waiting for all day: I’ve added which party they are on the right; C for Conservative, LD for...

  36. April 16, 2010

    Tories cross lines on Crossrail

    Doubts have resurfaced about the future of London's Crossrail projectafter Justine Greening, a Conservative frontbencher,...

  37. April 15, 2010

    Tories raise doubts on Crossrail

    Doubts have resurfaced about the future of London’s Crossrail project after Justine Greening, a Conservative frontbencher,...

  38. March 17, 2010

    US support

    Unite last night said it had received offers of support from several overseas unions, including the International...

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