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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee