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Bus News
James Dark
American investment fund Elliott Associates has written to fellow shareholders in National Express Group suggesting that NEG should reassess its... continue
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Rail News
The National Audit Office has endorsed the Department for Transport’s decision to hold National Express Group to the terms of its East Coast... continue
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Rail News
Virgin Trains faces competition from FirstGroup, Abellio and SNCF in its bid to retain the new 14-year West Coast franchise, while National Express... continue
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Rail News
GoVia’s Southeastern franchise has been extended by the Department for Transport for two years until March 2014. The extension was offered... continue
Categories: Franchising, DfT/SRA, Govia
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World Lead Story
Railway organisation and regulation across Europe has become a complex patchwork of approaches, despite the formal existence of a pan- European set... continue
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Cover Story Detail
One reason for the operations-led approach in the transport industry is the engrained wisdom that punctuality is the overwhelming driver of passenger... continue
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Reflections
Rarely can the withdrawal of a handful of services have caused such a brouhaha as the closure of the Wrexham - Shropshire - London open access rail... continue
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Rail News
FirstGroup is planning to make a decision by the end of this year on whether to hand back its Great Western franchise when a break clause comes into... continue
Categories: Franchising, First
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Rail News
The Association of Train Operating Companies has called for a debate on the future of intercity train operating contracts. It has suggested that they... continue
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Rail News
The Office of Rail Regulation has rejected applications from open access operators  Grand Central and Alliance Rail Holdings to run services on... continue
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Rail News
The loss-making London Midland franchise has launched a consultation with passengers and other stakeholders on proposed new opening hours for 86 of... continue
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Rail News
James Dark
The new long-term franchise contracts planned by the government will not persuade train operating companies to make significant investments from... continue
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Rail News Lead Story
Go Ahead Group has warned that the rail industry’s current profit margins do not provide a sustainable long term basis for operators to invest... continue
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Articles
Why is he on the list? ATOC represents Britain’s passenger rail companies. ATOC has 140 staff and a £75m budget. What kind of year has he... continue
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Articles
Why is he on the list? Branson’s Virgin Group owns 51% of the intercity operator Virgin West Coast. What kind of year has he had? Frustrating... continue
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Cover Story
James Dark
Ten, even five years ago, pursuing a transport story was relatively straightforward for journalists. It was simply a matter of picking up the phone... continue
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Politics
So, my time at the Department for Transport has come to an end. Having joined as a director general in 2002 it was clearly time for me to move on -... continue
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Reflections
James Dark
According to a Department for Transport press release, the new government has made a “major shake-up to rail franchising policy”. Yet... continue
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Viewpoint
George Muir
Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of the Rail Value for Money Study, may be a class act, but like every other leader of a "what is wrong with the... continue
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Rail News
The government has made major changes to rail franchising policy including new requirements on train operators to reduce crowding and improve service... continue
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