Railways

Fighting for survival: Eurostar seeks UK government support
Eurostar
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Fighting for survival: Eurostar seeks UK government support

The international rail operator is running just one train a day between London and Paris as Covid keeps passengers away
26 Nov 2020
UK sees biggest jump in transport use since pandemic began
Commuting
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UK sees biggest jump in transport use since pandemic began

Monday rush hour sees spike in commuters across country as trains return to 90% of pre-coronavirus services
8 Sep 2020
Search for owner of £150,000 haul of gold left on train
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Search for owner of £150,000 haul of gold left on train

Swiss authorities say the owner has five years to reclaim the haul
17 Jun 2020
Are HS2’s London tunnelling plans safe?
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Are HS2’s London tunnelling plans safe?

High Court hears that Euston tunnels could cause ‘massive structural collapse’
29 Apr 2020
Why HS2 construction is going ahead despite lockdown
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Why HS2 construction is going ahead despite lockdown

Government decision for contracted firms to begin work on rail line blasted as ‘tone-deaf’
15 Apr 2020
Will HS2 be scrapped and what has it cost?
HS2 high-speed rail
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Will HS2 be scrapped and what has it cost?

Boris Johnson faces Tory rebellion as he prepares to give rail project the green light
30 Jan 2020
Why the Northern rail franchise is being nationalised
Northern trains
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Why the Northern rail franchise is being nationalised

The franchise has been crippled by years of delays and cancellations
30 Jan 2020

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Instant Opinion: Put the ‘spring’ back in the Arab Spring
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Instant Opinion: Put the ‘spring’ back in the Arab Spring

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 17 January
17 Jan 2020
Christmas travel: how to avoid the traffic and strikes
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Christmas travel: how to avoid the traffic and strikes

Today is set to be the busiest travelling day of the festive period
20 Dec 2019
South Western Railway strike: what you need to know
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South Western Railway strike: what you need to know

Train services in and out of Waterloo will be disrupted for all of December
2 Dec 2019
Pakistan train fire: what we know so far
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Pakistan train fire: what we know so far

At least 70 people have been killed after a blaze ripped through a train
31 Oct 2019
Why more trains are failing to stop at red signals
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Why more trains are failing to stop at red signals

More services and worse punctuality leads to highest danger rate in a decade
23 Sep 2019
Suspected ‘pro-Brexit’ sabotage attempt on railways
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Suspected ‘pro-Brexit’ sabotage attempt on railways

Police investigating two ‘malicious’ devices bearing anti-EU slogans left on train tracks
3 Apr 2019
Why are UK rail fares so expensive?
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Why are UK rail fares so expensive?

Protests at rail stations as anger grows over ‘disgraceful’ 3.1% fare rise
2 Jan 2019
Passengers to choose from rival operators in rail shake-up
A Virgin Trains East Coast line service departs at London's Kings Cross
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Passengers to choose from rival operators in rail shake-up

Office of Rail and Road says shake-up should increase competition and drive down fares
18 Dec 2018
Network Rail to make all train station toilets free
Train toilets
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Network Rail to make all train station toilets free

Passengers will no longer need to spend a penny from April 2019
18 Dec 2018
New ‘millennial’ railcard to go on sale
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New ‘millennial’ railcard to go on sale

Card will cut train fares by one-third for people aged 26-30, but no firm date has yet been set for launch
26 Oct 2018
Paddington: trains cancelled after ‘major power outage’
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Paddington: trains cancelled after ‘major power outage’

All services between London and Slough suspended until at least midday
17 Oct 2018
The UK’s ten worst train stations for delays
Commuters wrestle for space at Clapham Junction
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The UK’s ten worst train stations for delays

Less than one-third of services arrive and depart on time at some busy stations
16 Oct 2018
Damning report reveals causes of train timetable chaos
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Damning report reveals causes of train timetable chaos

Transport watchdog says Network Rail, two train operators and Department of Transport ‘all made mistakes’
20 Sep 2018
Breastfeeding mum ‘forced to stand on packed train’
Breastfeeding mum
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Breastfeeding mum ‘forced to stand on packed train’

Kate Hitchens said people smiled at her but did not offer to exchange places
6 Sep 2018
Should checking emails while commuting count as work?
Commuters check their phone crossing London Bridge
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Should checking emails while commuting count as work?

Wider access to wi-fi on trains has extended the working day, says study
31 Aug 2018
Train delays and cancellations: How to get a refund
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Train delays and cancellations: How to get a refund

Most passengers are entitled to money back if their train is more that 30 minutes late
20 Jun 2018
Rail firms plan train ticket shake-up to ensure fairer fares
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Rail firms plan train ticket shake-up to ensure fairer fares

Rail Delivery Group aims to tackle anomalies including ‘split ticketing’
8 May 2018
DLR strike: 48-hour walkout spells London commuter chaos
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DLR strike: 48-hour walkout spells London commuter chaos

RMT strike action follows ‘comprehensive breakdown’ in industrial relations
28 Mar 2018
Stranded train passengers forced to sleep in luggage racks
Stranded train passenger
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Stranded train passengers forced to sleep in luggage racks

Around 100 travellers trapped on 17.35 service from Waterloo to Bournemouth
2 Mar 2018
Hard-up train passenger wakes to find £100 mystery gift
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Hard-up train passenger wakes to find £100 mystery gift

Ella Johannessen woke up to find the money, in £20 notes, on her lap underneath a napkin
30 Jan 2018
Amtrak crash: derailed train was travelling at 80mph in 30mp
Three people have died after an Amtrak train derailed near Tacoma, Washington
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Amtrak crash: derailed train was travelling at 80mph in 30mp

At least three dead and 72 injured after passenger carriages plunged off motorway bridge
19 Dec 2017
Wimbledon train derailment: delays expected until midday
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Wimbledon train derailment: delays expected until midday

District Line suspended and other Tube lines closed due to power outages amid morning of rush hour commuter chaos
6 Nov 2017
Hiking the Himalayas – in high style
Nanda Devi, in the Himalayas, seen from 360 Leti
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Hiking the Himalayas – in high style

With your head in the clouds and the world at your feet, you'll see life afresh from the top of the world
15 Jun 2017
#BagelGate: Police called out to train fight over bagels
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#BagelGate: Police called out to train fight over bagels

Fighting breaks out on late night train at Potters Bar in Hertfordshire – but no one is sure quite what happened
28 Feb 2017
Chris Tarrant on his most incredible rail journeys
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Chris Tarrant on his most incredible rail journeys

As the latest series of Extreme Railways kicks off, the programme's host talks six-day delays, bullet trains and dynamite in a helicopter
1 Nov 2016
Friends caught 'pimping out' hire car for off-road adventure
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Friends caught 'pimping out' hire car for off-road adventure

Group of men in New Zealand added 'snorkel' to car's air intake - and other tall tales
16 Sep 2016
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