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The French could be running more of Britain’s transport network after state transport group Keolis/Eurostar was named one of three shortlisted bidders for the reprivatisation of the East Coast franchise.

Market Report: Spirent boosted as its US peer group turns it on

A positive read-across from two of its US peers raised investors' hopes ahead of Spirent Communications' update next month, pushing the company up 5.2p to 152.4p.

First Group profits on track

First Group has lifted half-year profits by 14 per cent after benefiting from improved trends in its UK bus and train businesses.

Go-Ahead poaches new chief executive from TfL

The chief executive of the rail and bus giant Go-Ahead, Keith Ludeman, is to be replaced by Transport for London's divisional head David Brown.

Business Diary: EasyJet lands its latest arrival

EasyJet wasted no time in replacing its head of public relations, Oliver Aust, when he announced his departure last month, and swooped to hire FirstGroup's Paul Moore, PR Week reveals. The airline's chief executive, Carolyn McCall, told the magazine: "His experience will be extremely valuable to easyJet". It certainly will – all that time he spent apologising for the shocking performance on FirstGroup's Thameslink rail routes will have prepared Moore for easyJet, which has its own scheduling difficulties from time to time.

FirstGroup to hit full-year targets

The bus and train operator FirstGroup issued a bullish trading update yesterday, telling investors it was on track to hit full-year targets.

O'Toole follows Moir Lockhead at FirstGroup

Sir Moir Lockhead is stepping down after 21 years as the chief executive of the transport giant FirstGroup, to be replaced by the former London Underground boss Tim O'Toole.

Founder of FirstGroup to step down

The founder of transport giant FirstGroup today announced plans to step down from his role as chief executive after 21 years with the company.

Egon Zehnder to lead search for new Network Rail boss

Headhunters briefed to find a chief executive with experience in a complex international company

Eurotunnel snaps up rail freight operator for £31m

The operator of the Channel Tunnel is buying Britain's third-largest rail freight operator from the transport giant FirstGroup for £31m.

Public cutbacks knock profits at FirstGroup

FirstGroup suffered a slump in profits yesterday after higher fuel costs and public spending cutbacks dented full-year figures. As the largest provider of student transport in North America, with a fleet of around 60,000 yellow school buses, FirstGroup has felt the impact of "unprecedented levels" of pressure on school board budgets.

FirstGroup strikes gold with £20m London Olympics deal

FirstGroup dealt a blow to its major rivals yesterday by landing the £20m contract to provide the buses and coaches that will transport spectators to the London 2012 Olympics.

Local bus industry faces Competition Commission probe

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is referring the local bus industry to the Competition Commission over concerns about high prices and poor quality of service.

Competition watchdog to probe bus services

The Office of Fair Trading today referred local bus services to the Competition Commission and warned that limited competition was pushing up prices for bus users.

National Express gets 90 per cent backing for rights issue

National Express secured overwhelming support for its £360m rights issue as the Cosmen family backed the move despite public opposition to the strategy, paving the way for a much-needed restructuring of the group.

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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

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