Baking bank holiday: May break set to be a hot one (unless you live in the north)

Temperatures could reach 21 degrees in the south of England

The IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, was responsible for rail as Finance Minister

Former aide to Christine Lagarde ‘shifted route of TGV to avoid mother’s garden’

A former aide to Christine Lagarde has put himself on the fast track to a criminal charge after allegedly trying to shift the route of a new TGV train line 1.8 miles away from his mother’s garden in south-western France.

Teesside Airport station's 14 passengers - in a whole year

Some main line train stations are operating with fewer than 30 passengers - not just in an hour or a day but in a whole year.

Wigan fans at Wembley

Virgin Trains statement delivers final insult to FA Cup final fans

Late kick-off for Wembley showpiece between Wigan and Manchester City has been criticised

Two killed as 60mph train hits car on level crossing in Grimsby

Two men died after their car was hit by a train on a railway crossing.

Album: Kurt Vile, Wakin on a Pretty Daze (Matador)

If you're going to take the name Kurt Vile – although the 33-year-old from Philadelphia claims he was born with it – then you have some serious living up to do.

Decline of the sleeper

Hidden Europe: Cross-Channel rail services

Eurostar profits double on surge for the Olympics

Olympic teams plus millions of holidaymakers flocking to London by Eurostar for last summer’s Games saw the Channel Tunnel train service’s operating profit more than double to £52.3 million in 2012.

One person killed after train hits car on level crossing in Somerset

One person has died after a train hit a car on a level crossing in Somerset, British Transport Police said.

Budget 2013: Infrastructure - Big road and rail projects get priority

The Government is to spend an extra £3bn on public sector infrastructure projects – but not until 2015 and at the expense of cuts to other areas of spending.

UK business has an urgent need for speed

Infrastructure projects around the world suffer from early teething problems. Some also face unanticipated cost pressures that need to be brought under control. It is unfortunate, however, that opponents of the HS2 scheme will use these stories to argue – yet again – for cancellation of a scheme that is crucial to Britain's long-term competitiveness.

Chaos at Waterloo after 'complete loss' of signalling causes severe disruption for late-night travellers

A “complete loss” of signalling on part of South West Trains' London service caused severe disruption for late-night travellers.

Travellers were left stranded overnight as King’s Cross station

Thousands hit and train company apologises as Kings Cross problems linger throughout today

Thousands of train passengers endured travel misery on a key London to Scotland route today with the severe disruption likely to last all day.

Oh, mother! Why couldn’t you break your hand off-peak?

It's no surprise that train companies receive poor customer satisfaction ratings in the latest survey. Plus, a snapshot of times past on the BBC

Members of the public disembark a National Express train

Anger over £1m pay deals for rail bosses as fares keep going up

Pay figures emerge as poll of passengers reveals commuter dissatisfaction

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Tate Sensorium

New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art
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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

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Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

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VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
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