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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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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam