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Secretary of State Grant Shapps: 25 September, 2021 There is often speculation about an imminent government reshuffle when Parliament returns from summer recess each September. This year, it was described as hitting “fever pitch”, with “swirling rumours” about a fresh look Cabinet spread across the media. I try and avoid all the gossip. But I […]

Rail Reform: They Think It’s All Over

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps: 22 June, 2021 AS football fans once again headed to Wembley last week for the first major tournament game between England and Scotland in 25 years, I found myself gripped by nostalgia. As the fans travelled down on quick, comfortable and clean trains, which are a far cry from those in […]

The future of rail

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps: 21 May, 2021 Close to Keighley, in the small village of Oakworth, is a rail station that defines this country’s love affair with the railways. With gas-lit lamps, a framed portrait of Queen Victoria, and polished signs for Brasso and Old Calabar dog food, it is a place near-frozen in time. […]