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Investment levels two or three times higher per head in the south have translated into a vast regional divide in rail services.
NAO report comes in the same week that a leaked draft review into the high-speed rail link between London, Birmingham and Manchester revealed costs spiralling to an estimated 106bn.
A doubling of estimated costs, likely six-month delay, and a clutch of new sceptical MPs are endangering both HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
Grant Shapps told parliament the under-performing franchise could be taken into public ownership by the end of the month
The pilot, which already includes O2 and Vodafone, will bring mobile connectivity to part of the Jubilee Line from March 2020.
The government is working with academia and industry to unlock the potential of autonomous vehicles in improving national connectivity.
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