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The new drive means a total of 50 UTCs have now been approved

James Moore: Rail's borrowing is shunted into the sidings

Outlook Back in 2001, MPs argued that Railtrack had managed Britain's rail infrastructure with such breathtaking incompetence that it should have been re-nationalised.

Mountain of debt soars to over £28bn at Network Rail

Network Rail, the company which runs everything on Britain's railways apart from the trains, saw its debts soar by almost £1bn to more than £28bn in the past six months.

Labour pressed to support call for inquiry into 'rail refund rip-off'

Labour will be pressed today to support a call for an inquiry into claims that rail passengers have been “ripped off” by more than £150 million on refund payouts.

The great train robbery? How rail firms make millions from running late

Franchises claim huge sums from Network Rail for delays – so where does all the cash go?

Number of trains on time reaches record high

The number of trains arriving on time reached a record high of more than nine out of 10 in recent weeks, according to new figures.

Rail users 'ripped off' on refunds

A rail workers' union today called for a parliamentary inquiry into refunds for delayed trains after claiming that passengers were being “ripped off”.

Rail chiefs to receive £300,000 bonuses

Rail bosses have approved almost £1 million of publicly-funded “golden carrot” payments as union members stood outside raging against the “great train robbery”.

Protesters gather outside Network Rail AGM

Six “fat controllers” have gathered outside a meeting of rail bosses to protest against “astronomical salaries” and “futile” bonuses paid to publicly-funded directors.

Rail users hit by signal problems near London Bridge

Thousands of rail passengers commuting into London faced delays today after signalling problems near London Bridge.

Network Rail fined over crossing death

Network Rail was fined more than £356,000 today for a breach of health and safety that led to the death of a woman walking over a pedestrian rail crossing.

Network Rail trains are late, but profits are up

Although its performance on the tracks may not be quite up to scratch, Network Rail put in a strong financial performance last year, as its profits jumped by 8 per cent.

Profit jumps at under fire Network Rail

Although its performance on the tracks may not be quite up to scratch, Network Rail put in a strong financial performance last year, as pre-tax profits jumped by 8 per cent.

Intensive rail engineering work set to disrupt Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Want to pay your respects to Her Majesty? Catch the rail-replacement bus or get on your bike. Well-wishers heading to London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in early June could find their travel plans scuppered by intensive engineering work across the rail network.

FA defend final kick-off time after Liverpool fans express anger

The Football Association have defended their decision to change the FA Cup final's traditional 3pm kick-off time despite the travel chaos it is set to create for Liverpool fans.

Network Rail fined £4m for Grayrigg train crash

Network Rail was fined £4 million today over safety failures in the lead-up to the fatal Grayrigg train crash.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London