Torchbearer and London Underground employee John Light carrying the Olympic Flame onto an underground train at Wimbledon Station, London

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Rail and Tube travellers suffered rush-hour delays today on another scorchingly hot morning.

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Japanese executives at centre of Olympus fraud avoid jail

The Japanese establishment closed ranks around the disgraced former bosses of the Olympus cameras giant today, refusing to jail them for one of the biggest corporate scandals in the country’s history.

TfL Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy received performance award of £168,640 for 2011/12

Olympic Games bonuses revealed for London transport bosses

TfL Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy received performance award of £168,640 for 2011/12

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Good news for commuters - doctors have suggested that, in spite of popular belief, people who use public transport are no more likely to catch flu than those who drive or cycle.

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Lesser Known Architecture aims to celebrate the capital's ignored, unknown or derided buildings that you walk past a thousand times without noticing.

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