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Douglas Oakervee has been chairman of HS2 since March 2012

Exclusive: ‘Captain Invisible’ goes missing in inaction - HS2 chief takes three months off with torn calf muscle

Douglas Oakervee has been accused of rarely publicly defending the high-speed rail link since its cost spiralled by around £10bn earlier this summer

The Government has faced a barrage of criticism over the HS2 plans

HS2 'could generate £15bn for economy': Report starts Government fight-back on case for high-speed rail link

KPMG report concludes the £42bn line would have a significant impact on growth across the Midlands, North-west and North-east of England

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£43billion HS2 'will not help regions', warns Public Accounts Committee report

The controversial High Speed Two (HS2) rail project has received one of its most damning assessments yet – just days after the Prime Minister called for a fightback in favour of the project – with the Department of Transport accused of basing  projections on “fragile numbers, out of date data and assumptions that do not reflect real life”.

Train driver Francisco Jose Garzon, is helped by a policeman after a train crashed near Santiago de Compostela

Spanish rail-crash driver admits speeding in new recording of emergency call

Driver heard telling a colleague been driving at 190 km/h instead of 80 km/h

Railway worker who rescued disabled woman off tracks suspended for breaching safety rules

Worker was one of four people who rescued wheelchair user after she fell off the platform edge at Southend Central station

The argument for the costly project is that the West Coast main line is full; when it was built, it too was extremely unpopular

Inside Whitehall: The British first complain about big infrastructure projects, then come to revere them. HS2 will be no different

Yes, the new railway will go faster; but the reason to build it is not just speed – it is capacity

National Rail, which is in charge of rail infrastructure, has been set a minimum punctuality target for the first time

Nearly one in three of Britain’s trains are late according to strict new National Rail statistics

Delays as small as a minute are recorded as regulator sets arrival targets for first time

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Q. I'm currently perusing holidays suitable for a family of five in mid-September: two adults, twins aged two and an eight-month-old baby. We are looking to travel independently to somewhere quiet and picturesque. A nice little beach is most important to us with safe accommodation close by. We went to Scarborough and loved it, but there is no guarantee we will get good weather. We want a flight no more than two hours with a short transfer. Name withheld, Sheffield

Jobs saved as maintenance firm Railcare sold to German company

Business went into administration earlier this month

The Transport Minister is demanding a 'traffic-light' system to help travellers plan to avoid the most crowded departures

Train operators must warn passengers about overcrowded services

Train operators must warn passengers about chronically overcrowded services, the Government says.

The estimated cost of the HS2 rail link continues to rise

The wrong side of the tracks: Lobbyists for HS2 rail line funded by the taxpayer

Campaigners against the expensive project accuse the coalition of 'underhand misuse' of money

Alex Band was apparently only spared death after telling his captors he was about to become a father

The Calling singer Alex Band abducted and beaten after festival show in Michigan

'Wherever You Will Go' singer said he was 'near death' during ordeal in a minivan

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Green MP Caroline Lucas arrested as anti-fracking protests reach fever pitch

First day of ‘mass civil disobedience’ sees shows of dissent at Balcombe and related sites

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