New line

SHARES in National Express rallied yesterday amid excitement that it was about to become the new operator of the East Coast Main Line.

SHARES in National Express rallied yesterday amid excitement that it was about to become the new operator of the East Coast Main Line.

The transport group is reportedly favourite for the franchise, ahead of rival bids from Arriva, Virgin/Stagecoach and First Group.

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Homes surge

THE national housing market raced ahead during June with annual price growth running at its highest level for more than two years, Government figures reveal.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said prices rose by 12.1% in the year to the end of June, the biggest annual jump since March 2005.

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