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Railways face good and bad times

Railways face good and bad times

The plan to introduce a thousand extra carriages on the railway announced recently by Douglas Alexander, the transport secretary, highlights ...
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Transport Secretary for a day

Transport Secretary for a day

7 30am A difficult breakfast meeting. David Rowlands, the permanent secretary, was none too pleased at being told he was ...
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Strategic thinking needed for the railways

Strategic thinking needed for the railways

Governments of both hues have shied away from the fundamental question about the railways. What, in the 21st century, when ...
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Are GNER's premium payments sustainable?

Are GNER’s premium payments sustainable?

The new franchise contract for GNER on the East Coast Main Line, announced in April, marks a radical departure from ...
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