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

Rail signal workers cut proposed

Network Rail has started consulting on plans to drastically reduce the number of signal workers and signal boxes as part of a modernisation programme aimed at saving £250 million a year and improving punctuality.

Video: £5bn Great Western re-vamp

Network rail is upgrading the Great Western rail route promising a boost to towns economies and shorter commuting times for passengers.

Special rail fares for Olympics on sale

Special rail fares for London 2012 Olympic spectators went on sale today.

Business Diary: Blair’s spin-doctor back on track

Planes, trains and automobiles: well, two out of three so far for Tom Kelly who, we hear, is off to Network Rail as director of communications.

Heatwave leads to rail speed limits

Today's high temperatures led to speed restrictions on a busy rail commuter route.

MPs order review of £32bn rail plan

A Commons Select Committee inquiring into the Government's HS2 high-speed rail project has commissioned an independent review into the £32 billion scheme rather than just rely on written and verbal evidence, it was announced tonight.

Delays caused by 'cows on the line'

Train travellers, who sometimes feel their journeys are by cattle class, have been given a new excuse for delays - cows on the line.

Police 'threatened to arrest stranded train passengers'

A rail company is to review its treatment of passengers after thousands of commuters were stranded on trains for hours after vandals damaged a signal cable.

Long delays prompt rail firm review

A rail company today announced it will review its response to massive disruption to services after thousands of passengers were stranded for hours and a heavily pregnant woman joined a group who got off a train and walked along tracks.

Network Rail profits pass £2bn mark

Network Rail said it had continued to make "steady progress" in reducing its costs when it announced increased profits today, adding that it was on target to achieve "challenging" efficiency savings.

Train services back on track

Rail schedules were back on track today after damage to overhead power lines caused two days of disruption.

Holiday marred by bad weather and travel delays

The British bank holiday is not known for running smoothly, but a combination of travel chaos and indifferent weather has ensured that, for many, this one has been even more disappointing than most.

Damaged rail lines cause chaos

Thousands of bank holiday weekend rail travellers were braced for disruption today after damage to overhead power lines halted services.

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Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

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'You need me, I don’t need you'

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Hard to swallow

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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
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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

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