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Greening's dilemma over HS2

Greening’s dilemma over HS2

Justine Greening, the new transport secretary, faces a daunting learning curve on the complexities of the rail industry as she ...
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Is there really a financial crisis on the railways?

Is there really a financial crisis on the railways?

  Almost unnoticed, the railways are enjoying an investment boom. Major projects, such as Crossrail, Thameslink and the East London ...
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Lord Adonis interview: the line manager

Lord Adonis interview: the line manager

A crisis is creeping up on the tracks. The railways are facing their most difficult year since privatisation in the ...
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Fares rises show lack of clear strategy on railways

Fares rises show lack of clear strategy on railways

  Every January, the new year opens with bad news about the railways. The rise in fares which are imposed ...
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Crossrail project full of doubts with recession looming

Crossrail project full of doubts with recession looming

Nearly a year ago, in what was intended to be a pre-election flourish, Gordon Brown announced the definitive go-ahead for ...
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Blood on the tracks

Blood on the tracks

The long slow death of Metronet had an air of inevitability ever since the arbiter, Chris Bolt, announced late last ...
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Running on empty?

Running on empty?

It may seem unbelievable to many commuters in the south east but it was transport that won the Olympics for ...
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Costing the earth

Costing the earth

The climate on climate change is changing. At last year’s Labour Party conference, there was still a debate about how ...
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Trouble ahead on the rails?

Trouble ahead on the rails?

On the face of it, the railways are the least of the problems facing the new transport secretary, Douglas Alexander ...
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Darling facing a rough year

Darling facing a rough year

In the dog days of the Christmas and New Year break, journalists scrabbling for a story suddenly hit upon transport ...
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Ready for anything: a capital response

Ready for anything: a capital response

The tributes to the public services have been universal and well deserved. Everyone who had anything to do with the ...
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Project management at Heathrow Terminal 5

Project management at Heathrow Terminal 5

The roof on the main building of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 was completed last month. Given that at 400 by 150 ...
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Is road pricing feasible?

Is road pricing feasible?

It is two years since London’s congestion scheme was launched by mayor Ken Livingstone to a fanfare of opprobrium from ...
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Livingstone tries to sort out TfL's financial difficulties

Livingstone tries to sort out TfL’s financial difficulties

The sharp rises on some fares announced recently for London Transport come as no surprise. The finances of Transport for ...
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Much work to be done on transport

Much work to be done on transport

If there was an area of policy that the government could opt out of, there is no doubt that Labour ...
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Blood on the tracks

Blood on the tracks

2004 will go down as the year when the government was longer able to ignore the crisis on the railways ...
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Down the tube - the biggest PPP

Down the tube – the biggest PPP

As Saddam Hussein might say, the Public Private Partnership for the London Underground is the mother of all Private Finance ...
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The road less travelled

The road less travelled

Congestion charging has suddenly become a mainstream political issue. Before Ken Livingstone’s successful introduction of the charge in London in ...
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Will the tube get back on track?

Will the tube get back on track?

The lengthy closure of London Underground’s Central Line is a serious breakdown of a major public service which raises a ...
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Nowhere to hide

Nowhere to hide

Transport is probably the policy area least suited to Parliamentary democracy. The pain is all short term, the gain long ...
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