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Wales and Borders rail franchise 2018: devolution agreements

Sets out Wales and Borders franchise arrangements for funding, services specification and management, and the exercise of operator of last resort duties.

Iíve got worst job in UK, says Network Rail boss Andrew Haines [Subscription]

The new boss of Network Rail was warned he was taking on ďone of the worst jobs in BritainĒ, he has revealed.

New trains for Yorkshire to London railway do not work properly with the track

Taxpayers face paying more to ensure new trains for the railway which links Yorkshire to London and Edinburgh work properly.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018


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