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Grant Shapps in spotlight over First Group rail contracts [subscription]

The new transport secretary will be questioned by MPs on why his department handed the operation of the west coast main line and the new High Speed 2 line to First Group when the company’s running of South Western Railway already had financial and operational problems.

Queen's Speech unveils major infrastructure plans

The Queen's Speech has pledged a revamped national infrastructure strategy designed to help support growth across the UK, as well as an aviation bill and proposals for rail reform.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

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  • Queen’s Speech promises ‘railway reform’PREDICTIONS that passenger rail franchises are set to be abolished have not been fulfilled in the Queen’s Speech, which included just one sentence: ‘Proposals on railway reform will be brought forward’, writes Sim Harris.

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