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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

A Virgin train passes along the West Coast mainline route near Abington in Scotland

Network Rail breached contract over punctuality, complains Virgin Trains

West Coast main line company Virgin Trains is to take action against Network Rail (NR) over what it claims is breach of contract concerning train punctuality.

Rail punctuality figures reveal fewer than half of trains on main routes ran on time

Fewer than half the trains ran on time on some main line routes in the last 12 months, according to official figures.

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

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

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Why can't I buy a cheap rail ticket from London to Penrith at Easter?

Every day our travel guru answers your travel questions

Heavy snow hits the UK bringing widespread disruption across the country

Commuter chaos to follow the weekend whiteout: snow forecast to last until Thursday

Britain’s big freeze is expected to continue until at least Thursday, with more snow forecast to blanket Britain.

Get off the train or we’re not leaving, passengers told

The chaotic scenes come just a week ahead of the introduction of an above-inflation fare rise

More travel misery for commuters following cancellations on busy lines including Gatwick Express

Rail commuters endured rush-hour travel misery for the third day running today.

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin

Anyone but Branson? Mails trawled for evidence of 'anti-Virgin' bias over rail franchise

Thousands of internal Department of Transport emails are to be trawled for evidence that civil servants wanted to hand the lucrative London to Scotland West Coast train service “to anyone but Branson”.

Virgin Trains is expected to be given an extension to its West Coast Main Line franchise

Civil servants 'bungled West Coast rail deal', MPs told

Civil servants committed an "accumulation of significant errors" that led to the collapse of the handover of the West Coast rail franchise, an independent inquiry has found.

Investment Column: Hold tight on Stagecoach but buy FirstGroup

Stagecoach: Hold. Price: 280.5p (-1.3p) FirstGroup: Speculative Buy. Price: 184.6p (-6.1p)
Patrick McLoughlin confirmed The Independent’s report about department staff cuts

Long-term West Coast deal may not be settled until 2016

Virgin asked to keep running line until new contest can be held after franchise fiasco

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture