Travel Hungary appetite: Budapest appealed to Jenna Coleman

'I love the bars, thermal baths and laid-back feel of Budapest in summer'

Josh Bush - who went missing with 14-year-old schoolgirl - charged with child abduction

The 35-year-old who went missing with a 14-year-old girl has been charged with child abduction.

Police announced today that the violin uncovered in Sofia is a training replica of little value. Unlike this rare 'Archinto' Stradivarius Viola, played by Philip Dukes

Calm down! Stradivarius violin found in Bulgaria is a fake

It was thought to be the one stolen from Korean virtuoso Min-jin Kym at Euston station in 2010

Image issued by HS2 of the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct, part of the new proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme

Full speed ahead for HS2 - but ruling of an 'unlawful consultation' means it comes at an even higher cost

However, there was relief at the Department of Transport as several other legal challenges to the £33bn project enthusiastically promoted by David Cameron were thrown out

Terror suspect escaped in cab

The missing terror suspect Ibrahim Magag escaped surveillance by simply ringing for a black cab, the shadow Home Secretary said today.

Ibrahim Magag is said to have links with al-Qa’ida

Terror suspect Ibrahim Magag 'jumped into cab' to escape, claims Yvette Cooper

Missing terror suspect Ibrahim Magag escaped surveillance by simply ringing for a black cab, the shadow home secretary claimed today.

Simon Calder: Going back to Underground Zero

The man who pays his way

Network Rail releases footage of women suffering embarrassing slips and falls at railway stations

Videos released to highlight the dangers of falling at stations

Monday morning misery for commuters after delays into Euston station

Rail commuters on a busy route into London had their journeys severely disrupted today.

Plans for major rail projects accelerate

Johnson and Greening speed-up plans to make new lines better integrated

Natalie Haynes: Electronic cigarettes: not dangerous – merely preposterous

I don't travel by coach very often these days, because I no longer spend my life on tour. And also because their time-stretching abilities make me nervous: how is it possible to spend 17½ hours going from Glasgow to London? Is it going via Brigadoon? Wouldn't it just be quicker to pack up my belongings in a handkerchief, tie them to a stick and walk? Say, I might become mayor.

Labour peer Andrew Adonis, aka Baron Adonis of Camden Town in the London Borough of Camden

Diary: Disloyal subjects rail against Baron High-Speed of Camden

The Labour peer Andrew Adonis, aka Baron Adonis of Camden Town in the London Borough of Camden, was a Secretary of State for Transport who loved trains. He spent five days touring the country by train soon after his appointment. And he left behind a £33bn plan for a high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham, which survived the transition from a Labour to a Coalition government.

World No 1 Aaron Cook is 'anxious because his future is at stake'

The Last Word: Should London 2012 selection be subjective or objective?

The Australian team in 2000 was still being inked in minutes before an IOC deadline

The Minister for Cities, Greg Clark, with Lord Heseltine on the train to Birmingham. Lord Heseltine likened the question of the Mayor of Birmingham's powers to that of Alex Salmond in Scotland

The return of Tarzan: Heseltine swings into action aboard the 13.23 from Euston

There is something slightly ironic about the supposed great and good of London getting into a first-class train carriage to Birmingham to persuade the locals about the merits of more local democracy.

Passenger numbers up at rail stations

Some of Britain's busiest rail stations are becoming even more crowded, figures showed today.

Branson criticises rail franchising system

Sir Richard Branson has hit out at the rail franchising system, criticising the government's focus on cost - but promising to pay "billions of pounds" to the Treasury if Virgin Trains retains its grip on the West Coast main line. Its franchise expires one year from today.

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