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Archive Thursday, 26 October, 2000, 11:14 GMT 12:14 UK
Sunday December 05/99 BBC 2 20.00
Sunday December 05/99
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Any way to run a railway?
As many commuters will ruefully confirm, Britain's rail system is expensive, unreliable, congested and plagued with delays. But in the Netherlands, the rail network is at the same time very busy, highly reliable and cheap. So how have the Dutch got it so right while we have got it so wrong? Ros Bew reports.

Sir Alistair Morton: the buck stops here
The man charged with the task of bringing British railways up to the standards required in a modern economy is Sir Alistair Morton. This tough, abrasive character was formerly responsible for driving through Europe's biggest infrastructure project in decades, the Channel Tunnel. The Money Programme asks Sir Alistair how his Strategic Rail Authority will set about the even more daunting job of rebuilding Britain's railways.

Phone War
Britain's Vodafone Airtouch stunned the world's financial community with its 80bn offer for rival telecommunications giant, Mannesman of Germany. But Mannesman surprised no-one with its indignant rejection of what would be the biggest hostile takeover bid in history. So should the two companies merge, or stay separate? And how will the telecoms industry develop in the next century? Jonathan Charles hears from Mannesman boss Klaus Esser, and Maya Even interviews Vodafone's CEO, Chris Gent.


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