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First Group called its largest shareholder irresponsible, opportunistic and self-interested yesterday as the bus and train operator battled attempts to remove more than half its board. ...Yesterday First in turn ridiculed Coast’s plans to sack most of the board and replace them with seven new directors, headed by Steve Norris, 74, the former Conservative transport minister

UK might switch infrastructure focus away from high-speed rail - minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s next prime minister might decide to prioritise other infrastructure spending projects over the planned, 56 billion-pound High-Speed 2 (HS2) rail project, a government minister said on Tuesday.

M4 relief road decision: Why the planning inspector overwhelmingly backed the £1.4bn black route south of Newport

On nearly all grounds, inspector Bill Waldrup concluded in favour of the £1.4bn M4 relief road - yet his recommendation was rejected by First Minister Mark Drakeford

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  • Incredibly patient and on board long term, or in a hurry to get off the bus? [Subscription]The sale of Alexander Dennis Limited, the Falkirk-based bus manufacturer, to NFI Group, a Canadian rival, for £320 million has been portrayed by both parties as good news all round. Colin Robertson and Michael Stewart, ADL’s chief executive and chief financial officer, respectively, will continue to run the business and have been charged by its new owners “with leading NFI’s international growth ambitions”.
  • First Group savages ‘irresponsible’ activist [Subscription]First Group called its largest shareholder irresponsible, opportunistic and self-interested yesterday as the bus and train operator battled attempts to remove more than half its board. ...Yesterday First in turn ridiculed Coast’s plans to sack most of the board and replace them with seven new directors, headed by Steve Norris, 74, the former Conservative transport minister
  • M4 relief road project scrapped over £1.4 billion cost [Subscription]One of Britain’s biggest road-building schemes has been scrapped because of concerns over the £1.4 billion cost and environmental impact.

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  • Grayling awaits new HS2 delivery plan Transport secretary Chris Grayling has revealed that the new chair of High Speed 2 (HS2) promoter HS2 Ltd, Allan Cook, is undertaking a review of the project “to make sure the costs and budget are right and that it is deliverable”.
  • Heathrow expansion rival claims construction will be delayedRival Heathrow expansion bidder Surinder Arora has claimed that Heathrow’s planned start date for construction on the third runway will be delayed by further legal challenges.

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  • Network Rail's Julia Territt on working with the supply chain Ahead of TransCityRail Midlands this July, Julia Territt, Network Rail’s Regional Delivery Director for Route Services Supply Chain Operations joins us to discuss ‘putting the passenger first’ and working with the supply chain. What does your role as Regional Delivery Director...
  • Toufic Machnouk, Network Rail's LNE & EM Route Programme Director, on rethinking digital technologyToufic Machnouk, LNE & EM Route Programme Director for Network Rail, joins us to discuss Digital Railway and rethinking Network Rail’s digital approach ahead of TransCityRail Midlands 2019. What does your role as LNE & EM Route Programme Director at Network Rail involve? I...
  • Siemens' Rob Morris on the Rail Sector deal and Digital RailwayRob Morris, Managing Director at Siemens Rail Automation and Digital Railway Industry Champion for the Rail Supply Group Rail Sector Deal joins us to discuss how Digital Railway is developing a ‘transformative’ Rail Sector Deal ahead of TransCityRail Midlands 2019. What does...
  • Maria Machancoses on the Midlands Rail Hub plans and futureproofing the Midlands network Maria Machancoses Director of Midlands Connect joins us to discuss the Midlands Rail Hub plans and futureproofing the Midlands network ahead of TransCityRail Midlands 2019. What does your role as Director of Midlands Connect involve? I’m tasked with establishing a strategic pipeline...
  • Delivering Metro Plus in CardiffCllr Huw David, chair of the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) Transport Authority, and leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, explains why the recently announced Metro Plus plans will deliver local benefits to counties within the region. Earlier this month, we announced plans to deliver a...
  • Our responsibility to shape a more diverse rail industryAngie Doll, passenger services director for Southern and Gatwick Express, outlines Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) role in diversifying and inspiring the next generation of the rail sector’s workforce. At GTR, we have embarked upon the industry’s biggest rail recruitment drive...
  • Dawlish rail investment must be the start of a new transport deal for our regionLuke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton, gives his perspective on the opportunities the highly-anticipated Dawlish rail line refurbishment will create for the region for the future. As an MP, twice a week I get to ride up and down the trainline from Parliament to Plymouth. The route past Dawlish is...
  • Out with the old: London Underground's track renewal worksAlistair McLaughlin, programme delivery manager for Balfour Beatty, and John Lambert, head of track programme for Transport for London (TfL), explore the intricacies of London Underground track renewal works as part of the new Integrated Track Team. In February 2019, Balfour Beatty was awarded a...

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