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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Little fluffy kitten found on Tube train

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New update for Android devices also revamps tablet version

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Czech woman's brush with death after falling under train

A Czech woman has had a remarkable escape after falling under an oncoming train and crawling out from between carriages unscathed.

Northerners VS Southerners: who comes out on top?

According to a new survey, people from the North aren't very keen on Londoners

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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Coughs and sneezes spread diseases, but using public transport makes you no more likely to catch the flu, according to new research

Blasting a myth: Catching the bus makes you no more likely to catch the flu

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.

Stockwell Bus Garage was once the largest unsupported area under a single roof in Europe

Beauty of bus depots: The Design Museum celebrates London's overlooked architectural gems

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

The number of cases of violence against individuals on the Tube rose last year.

Rise in violent offences on London Underground

The number of cases of violence against individuals on the Tube rose last year.

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