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I am deputy editor of NCE. I am a qualified civil engineer with more than 15 years construction industry experience. Since joining NCE in 2000, I have been the first construction journalist into Iraq following the second Gulf War (and won IBP News Reporter of the Year as a result), was on the scene in tsunami-struck Sri Lanka, reported on a fatal bridge collapse in Portugal, covered a tunnel blaze in Baltimore, and exposed fundamental design failings in the Windsor’s Jubilee River. ...

All posts from: July 2011

TfL's bid to control trains has much going for it

Posted by Mark HansfordTue, 12 Jul 2011

By 2031 there will be 1.3 million more Londoners and 750,000 new jobs in the capital. But getting those Londoners to those jobs will be impossible unless Transport for London (TfL) is able to wrestle control of suburban rail services away from the Department for Transport and its phalanx of train operating companies (TOCs). That at least is the view of TfL, which late last month went public on a very bold plan to take charge of routes currently operated by a bewildering array of 10 TOCs.