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Virgin asked to keep running line until new contest can be held after franchise fiasco
Kate Mingay ran team responsible for finance model in bidding process for West Coast line
Richard Branson’s lawyers want a judicial review after contract awarded to FirstGroup
Celebrities are backing a campaign to force a U-turn on the Government's decision to strip Virgin Trains of its West Coast main line franchise.
Network Rail (NR) is to be prosecuted over the 2007 Grayrigg train crash in Cumbria in which one passenger died, it was announced today.
Snowdonia offers far more than mountain scenery, there's cycling, walking, great food, steam railways, and castles to explore. David Atkinson reports
Our new fortnightly series of travellers' guides to holiday destinations heads for an English hot spot. David Atkinson reports
City and United head south tomorrow for an FA Cup semi-final –but will there be chaos on the road to Wembley?
Using only free-range eggs in own-brand food has helped the Co-op win the People’s Choice award for animal welfare at the RSPCA’s Good Business awards.
Wi-Fi on trains isn't welcomed by all, it seems.
Everyone has a favourite family-holiday memory from the Lake District. Here’s mine: seven years old and in short trousers, I’m skimming stones on the shore of Lake Windermere, dreaming of my next ice cream and dreading the day we have to go home. I remember it even today thanks to a set of grainy, Seventies photos my mother still keeps in a draw.
A stylish makeover has refreshed a favourite restaurant with rooms in Cumbria
The railways are creaking under the current franchise system. Sir Richard Branson wants a revamp. Sarah Arnott reports
Forecasters say temperatures could soar
Heavy rain and fierce winds battered much of England and Wales today, combining with melting snow to bring widespread flooding.
Revellers told to wrap up with forecasters predicting it could hit -5C tonight