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

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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

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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’

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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

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

'Mix and match' plan could spell the end of one way train fares costing almost as much as return tickets

Plans for a pilot scheme that could see all long-distance rail tickets sold on a single-leg basis and allow passengers to 'mix and match' each ticket type when planning a return journey

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