Brown will lead HS2’s fightback at executive level

HS2 chief's charm offensive to keep train operators on board

Richard Brown's quarterly meetings with executives will be vital to Government attempts to convince a doubting public that the high-speed rail-link will be of huge economic benefit to the country

East coast line on track to deliver taxpayer £1bn

Network's profits of £209m spark criticism over government's plan to privatise route

James Moore: Living proof that state-run railways can be a success

Outlook Is it possible to find a privatisation less loved than the sell-off of the railways? Shabby, British Rail may have been, but at least it was possible to get around the country with a single ticket.

The town that almost was: What became of an ambitious urban development near Dublin?

Work began on the Clongriffin development at the Celtic Tiger's peak. Then Ireland's economy crashed. Photographer Dragana Jurisic captures the gleaming, empty train station intended to serve a town that never got built

Cyclist who came within inches of being hit by train in Waterbeach is traced

A woman who was captured on CCTV as she narrowly avoided being hit by a train has contacted police.

Great Western Line deal extended

Passengers have been promised improvements on a key rail route after a train company was given a 23-month extension to its franchise.

Cyclist within inches of being hit by train after dodging level-crossing barrier

Footage of incident released by police in attempt to identify the woman

Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin has announced high speed mobile broadband is to be rolled out across the busiest parts of the UK's rail network

Tory Party Conference: Transport secretary announces high speed broadband to roll out on rail network

High speed mobile broadband is to be rolled out across the busiest parts of the UK's rail network, the transport secretary has announced.

Eurostar in joint bid for East Coast Main Line

Rail route run by the Government since 2009 after National Express handed back the franchise mid-term

Dr Bradley Garrett climbed the 110m-high bridge with friends and described the feeling as though he was ‘riding a dragon’

Riding a dragon: trespassing on the Forth Bridge and other 'place hacking' exploits of Dr Garrett

An academic who climbed the Forth Bridge at night tells Ian Johnston of the appeal of trespassing

Labour Party conference: New deal for rail passengers promised

Rail passengers will be put before profit under a Labour government to “end the racket on our railways”, shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle has said.

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Pair of tickets on the Orient Express for a round trip from Peterborough, including dinner (£235 per person)

Rail fares capped – but at £500 you could still go to New York or Dubai for the price of a ticket

Campaigners reject Government attempt to assuage anger over rising train prices

A passenger is taken to an ambulance following a Via Rail train and city bus collision in Ottawa's west end

Ottawa train crash: Six killed in Canada after bus and train collide

Another six are believed to be seriously injured after a passenger train collided with a double decker bus in Canada's capital

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British Library celebrates all things Gothic

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