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Boris Johnson signals end of line for West Midlands Trains [subscription]

The prime minister criticised Britain’s underperforming rail network yesterday by suggesting that another private operator could lose its contract.

Boris Johnson promises big changes to Northern Rail - but his own minister issues warning

Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris MP was speaking at a Transport for the North summit in Leeds city centre

Andy McDonald MP: Rail has suffered a ‘colossal failure of political leadership’ after a decade of incompetence and mismanagement

Our rail system is unnecessarily complex, unaccountable and expensive, the Tories must be honest about failing rail contracts and turn off the life support, bringing rail operations and infrastructure back under public control, writes Andy McDonald MP.

Thursday, 09 January 2020

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