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The rail franchise days look numbered

Transport secretary Grant Shapps is reportedly set to announce the end of rail franchises more than a generation after rail privatisation under the Railways Act in 1993. Franchises are set to be replaced by fixed-fee contracts from April next year, The Telegraph has reported. These ‘concession’ agreements would be similar …

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TUC Congress 2020 We need to run our own railway

WE ARE waiting, with some trepidation, for the publication of the much-delayed Williams rail review and an indication from the Department for Transport of what it has in mind for the future of our railway. There have been signals — Grant Shapps has been busy briefing his friends in the …

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The government can still save Christmas

Shops take on temporary workers to cope with the rush, delivery companies are working overtime, Royal Mail finally has something other than junk to put through the letterbox (more than 1bn Christmas cards are bought into the UK every year), pantos are booked out at the theatre, and the restaurants …

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Category Update: The full package | OPI

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