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Spring 2018

Investigation into the Department for Transport’s decision to cancel rail electrification projects

In July 2017 the Department for Transport announced that three rail electrification schemes would be cancelled: the Midland Mainline north of Kettering (to Nottingham and Sheffield); the Great Western Mainline between Cardiff and Swansea; and the Lakes Line between Oxenholme and Windermere. This investigation will factually set out the Department’s decision-making process which led to … Read more

Spring 2018

The Intercity East Coast franchise

The East Coast franchise covers intercity routes between London King’s Cross and Yorkshire, the north-east and Scotland. The franchise started in 2015, and had been due to run till 2023. In November 2017, the Department announced that the franchise would be replaced by a new ‘East Coast Partnership’ from 2020, bringing trains and infrastructure under … Read more

The Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern rail franchise

This examines the causes of poor performance on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern network since the franchise began in September 2014, the effects on passenger services, financial outcomes for the operator and the Department, and the Department’s handling of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise.

Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General on the 2016-17 Accounts of High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

The Comptroller and Auditor General, Amyas Morse, has today qualified the accounts of High Speed Two (HS2) Limited owing to its running a redundancy scheme at enhanced terms without the necessary approvals.