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France's Keolis-Eurostar bidding for stake in Britain's railway

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.

People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break on Porthcawl harbour

UK weather: Rain and flood warnings extended after 'Winter Storm Hercules' brings 27ft waves to Land's End and flood sirens in Dorset

Met Office severe weather warnings now in place for Thursday morning

FirstGroup appoints Aviva boss John McFarlane new chairman

FirstGroup has named City stalwart John McFarlane as its new chairman.

Leading rail firm First Great Western accused over 'secret 11% fare hike'

A leading rail firm has been accused of secretly increasing advance rail fares by over 11%.

Passengers stranded on Cornwall to London train for six hours

First Great Western apologises for 'unacceptable' delay after brakes locked in Wiltshire

As one of Great Britain’s most successful Paralympians, winning 11 gold medals across four Games, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson knows what it takes to triumph over adversity

Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s challenge: book a train with a toilet

Theoretically simple matter of booking assisted-travel ticket on First Great Western’s website left her desperately frustrated

Commuters on a First Capital Connect Service as FirstGroup announced a £615 million fundraising and cancelled its dividend after plans to turn around the business were derailed by the West coast mainline fiasco

FirstGroup shares slump by a fifth as troubled bus and train operator announces £615m fund-raising bid

Chairman steps down after 27 years in the driving seat

Bus giant FirstGroup defies the downturn

Shares in FirstGroup jumped after the transport giant revealed a 2.4 per cent rise in bus revenues and said the turnaround of its UK bus arm was going according to plan.

One person killed after train hits car on level crossing in Somerset

One person has died after a train hit a car on a level crossing in Somerset, British Transport Police said.

Department of Transport scraps Great Western bidding competition plans

The Department for Transport today scrapped plans for a bidding competition for the franchise to run Great Western rail services.

Polly the cat travelled 1,700 miles trapped in a train's undercarriage.

InterKitty train: trapped cat travels 1,700 miles

A two-year-old tabby cat was found in "surprisingly good condition" after travelling 1,700 miles trapped in a train's undercarriage.

Man killed in level crossing crash in Oxford

A man has died and another person is in hospital after a car was hit by a freight train on a rural level crossing.

Yorkshire experienced heavy flooding throughout the summer

Downpours make 2012 England’s wettest year on record

Flood warnings for major rivers could hit new year travel plans

Rail travellers face miserable return to work as engineering work and floods hit services

Late-running engineering work and other problems meant a miserable return to work for rail travellers today.

Left: A flooded road closed near Stenson, South Derbyshire; Flooded fields near Willington, South Derbyshire

Christmas travellers face chaos as flooding hits road and rail network

A white Christmas dream turned into a wet Christmas nightmare for millions of travellers today.

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

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Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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