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Rail Regulator John Swift

Rail Regulator John Swift resigned unexpectedly this week after deputy prime minister John Prescott turned down his offer to work two years beyond his five year contract. Swift, 57, had offered to work the extra period to help establish the planned Strategic Rail Authority. A spokesman for the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions claimed his departure would not delay the next regulatory review, which is planned for completion in July 2000 (see Delivering Rail's Revival supplement this week).

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