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

Signal workers to strike

Signal workers are to stage a three-day strike from Christmas Eve in a row over career progression, threatening disruption to services, it was announced today.

Bus plan for festive rail timetable

Buses will replace trains on some key routes over the Christmas period, rail companies announced today.

First name in the frame for Network Rail chairman post

Internal candidate Keith Ludeman, former boss of transport operator Go-Ahead, is an early tip

Trade training is tailor made

The business world rediscovers the value of the apprentice. By Russ Thorne

Network Rail accused over death

Pressure was mounting for a public inquiry into the safety of Britain’s railways last night after an inquest jury ruled that poorly maintained points were to blame for a fatal train crash on the West Coast Main Line.

Inquest opens into Cumbria train derailment death

A woman called out "Mum! Mum! Mum!" as her mother lay fatally injured in the Grayrigg train crash, an inquest heard today.

Compensation call over travel chaos

Thames Water was today urged to pay compensation to thousands of rail passengers hit by travel chaos because of a burst water main after the company said it was not liable.

No bank holiday jams – because so many of us can't afford to go away

The good news is that you are less likely to get stuck in a traffic jam this Bank Holiday. The bad news is that it is largely due to the fact you cannot afford the fuel and the weather is looking decidedly dodgy. But, in a concerted effort to lift the national spirits, the powers that be are promising a Bank Holiday free of the customary chaos.

Roadworks wound up for Bank Holiday

Motorists will benefit from the suspension, or completion, of a number of roadworks over the bank holiday weekend, it was announced today.

Cyber spies: Why one tweet could cost you a job

These days, job applicants don't just need a good CV – they need a clean bill of web health. Rhodri Marsden on cyber snooping by employers

The free controllers with ideas above their station

You can't buy a train ticket at West Runton – there are no staff there to sell you one. But volunteers are waiting to welcome you and to show you their garden. Matthew Bell and Jane Merrick relish the ride

A new vision for the grande dame of Victorian rail

Jay Merrick takes a tour of the elegant concourse to be unveiled at King's Cross

Rail services to Gatwick disrupted by landslip

A landslip caused by flooding from a burst water main caused rail chaos on busy commuter routes for a second day running today.

Regulator blocks Network Rail board's bonus plans

Richard Price, the new rail regulation boss, has blocked Network Rail's £15.6m long-term management incentive proposals as he looks to overhaul the track operator's controversial bonus culture.

Controversial HS2 to invite bidders to manage £32bn rail link

The Government is steaming ahead with plans for the controversial high-speed railway between London and Birmingham despite fierce opposition across the country.

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