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It would be no ex­ag­ger­a­tion to say that the rail­ways of this coun­try are cru­cial to its eco­nomic fu­ture. With­out them our econ­omy would grind

halt.” to a CHRIS GRAYLING Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port an­nounces plans on De­cem­ber 6 to bring track and train op­er­a­tions closer to­gether.

Ev­ery­one in the rail­way wants to trans­form ser­vices for our cus­tomers, in­clud­ing bet­ter re­li­a­bil­ity.” PAUL PLUM­MER Rail De­liv­ery Group Chief Ex­ec­u­tive is pos­i­tive about Grayling’s plans

The next time the Trans­port Sec­re­tary comes to the Com­mons to talk about rail­ways I half ex­pect him to be sport­ing mut­ton chop whiskers and a

hat.” stovepipe ROB FLELLO Stoke-on-Trent South MP is unim­pressed by Chris Grayling’s plans for Net­work Rail. “Invit­ing pri­vate train com­pa­nies to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for safety-crit­i­cal re­pairs and main­te­nance is an

move.” ir­re­spon­si­ble ANDY MC­DON­ALD Shadow Trans­port Sec­re­tary be­lieves Grayling’s plans will be a re­turn to the “bad old days of Rail­track”. “To­day is a cel­e­bra­tion of the re­turn of train man­u­fac­tur­ing to the

East.” North KAREN BOSWELL Hi­tachi Rail Europe Manag­ing Di­rec­tor un­veils the first UK-built IEP train at New­ton Ay­cliffe on De­cem­ber 9. “The East Coast com­mu­nity is the plc.” back­bone of UK DAVID CARR Chair­man of the East Coast Main Line Au­thor­ity re­veals a £3bn in­vest­ment in the ECML.

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