We’ve just lost £40m – how much was your share?

Incompetent government employees have just cost the UK £40m. That’s quite a bit more than I earn, yet as a taxpayer I have had to contribute to this waste of money. This is because of mistakes made in awarding the West Coast Main Line rail franchise to First Group, rather than the incumbents, Virgin Trains. Our new Transport Secretary, Patrick … Continue reading

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Increase in demand for rail travel

A significant increase in demand for rail travel during the first half of this year has seen a return to growth in passenger numbers on the railways not seen since before the recession. October 2009 marked a turning point in demand, according to analysis published today by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). During the first half of 2010, … Continue reading

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New plan for high-speed rail

Yesterday, Lord Adonis, the transport secretary, announced plans for a new high-speed rail network. This will initially be between London and Birmingham and will have trains which can travel at 250mph and which will cut the journey time for the 120 miles to only 46 minutes. There will be a full public consultation as to the exact route the line … Continue reading

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Off the rails

Another day, another nationalisation. Following on from Northern Rock and the partial nationalisations of the Royal Bank of Scotland and the newly merged HBOS and Lloyds TSB, the government has now taken the East Coast rail franchise into state hands.   The East Coast Franchise covers the route from London to Edinburgh and is one of the UK’s major rail … Continue reading

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