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Pyeongchang 2018: welcome to the future…

Pyeongchang 2018: welcome to the future…

In the first of a new series on ideas and advances in science, nature and tech, we look at the innovations coming to this year’s Winter OlympicsSouth Korea boasts the speediest broadband in the world
Sydney train strike: minister makes last-ditch effort to block union action

Sydney train strike: minister makes last-ditch effort to block union action

The Fair Work Commission is expected to rule at 8am on the validity of a planned 24-hour strike on MondayThe New South Wales government is making a last-ditch effort to stop a 24-hour rail strike on
Milan train crash: at least three people killed after derailment

Milan train crash: at least three people killed after derailment

At least 10 seriously injured in incident at Pioltello-Limito station on outskirts of the cityAt least three people have been killed and 12 seriously injured after a packed commuter train derailed
Rescuers remove injured people from derailed train in Italy – video

Rescuers remove injured people from derailed train in Italy – video

Rescue workers are evacuating injured people from a packed commuter train that derailed near Milan in northern Italy. At least three people have been killed and many more seriously hurt in the
West London flooded as burst pipe forces residents to evacuate

West London flooded as burst pipe forces residents to evacuate

Fire crews deploy rescue boats in Hammersmith while areas are left without tap water People have been evacuated from their homes and parts of west London have been left without water after a burst
National Audit Office to investigate East Coast rail 'bailout'

National Audit Office to investigate East Coast rail 'bailout'

Watchdog to look at decision to allow Virgin and Stagecoach to hand back franchise early A controversial decision to allow two companies to hand back a rail franchise three years early is to be
East Coast could return to public sector, Chris Grayling admits

East Coast could return to public sector, Chris Grayling admits

MPs told collapse of franchise means government or Virgin could run line in short termThe East Coast rail franchise could be returned to the public sector after the government announced Virgin Trains
Passengers complain about trains that run on time – archive, 1960

Passengers complain about trains that run on time – archive, 1960

8 February 1960: Customers accustomed to poor service miss their trains after British Rail improves punctualityAn attempt by British Railways to get trains running to time has had unforeseen results.
Eurostar to launch London-Amsterdam direct service in April

Eurostar to launch London-Amsterdam direct service in April

Tickets to go on sale in February for new rail service expected to challenge airlines Eurostar direct rail services between London and Amsterdam will begin on 4 April, the company has announced, in an
Andrew Adonis and the economic line to take on railways | Letters

Andrew Adonis and the economic line to take on railways | Letters

Philip G Cerny and John Airs respond to the Labour peer and former transport secretary’s article denouncing Chris Grayling’s handling of Virgin Trains East CoastAndrew Adonis makes excellent points
East Coast line bailout puts rail privatisation back in spotlight

East Coast line bailout puts rail privatisation back in spotlight

Once again, a franchise operator has bid too much for a contract and run out of steamFor the third time in a decade, an East Coast rail franchise operator has shown little of the financial prudence
Two people killed in West Sussex level-crossing crash

Two people killed in West Sussex level-crossing crash

Police confirm two fatalities after train strikes car in HorshamA train struck a car at a level crossing in West Sussex on Saturday, leaving two people dead.Officers were called at 8.47am to Barns
Transport secretary wins injunction to stop HS2 protesters

Transport secretary wins injunction to stop HS2 protesters

High court order bans eight campaigners from ancient woodland in west LondonThe transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has been granted an injunction banning campaigners opposed to the construction of
Emmanuel Macron takes on French unions to cut rail workers’ rights

Emmanuel Macron takes on French unions to cut rail workers’ rights

Strike action being discussed after reforms unveiled by French prime minister Édouard PhilippeEmmanuel Macron is to push through sweeping reforms to France’s vast state rail system and cut rail
Freezing weather costs UK economy £1bn a day

Freezing weather costs UK economy £1bn a day

Financial impact of the ‘beast from the east’ and storm Emma worst since Christmas 2010Gridlocked motorways, empty restaurants and idle diggers seen across Britain last week cost the economy at least
Gatwick Express honours women in International Women's Day announcements – video

Gatwick Express honours women in International Women's Day announcements – video

The Gatwick Express train service used public announcements to honour women on International Women's Day. The London service is using its displays to provide inspiring quotes, to the delight of
Jobseekers outside London missing out on half-price train fares

Jobseekers outside London missing out on half-price train fares

Figures show unemployed rail passengers not taking advantage of available discountUnemployed people outside London and the south-east are failing to take advantage of half-price rail travel, figures
Full steam ahead at the Indian train station run only by women – in pictures

Full steam ahead at the Indian train station run only by women – in pictures

In a country where women are quitting the workforce at an alarming rate, the all-female staff of Gandhinagar railway station in Jaipur are bucking the trend. Employed as ticket-sellers, station
Rail electrification plans cancelled purely for cost reasons, says NAO

Rail electrification plans cancelled purely for cost reasons, says NAO

Spending watchdog rejects transport secretary’s claim that new trains made major rail investment scheme unnecessaryGovernment claims that hundreds of millions of pounds of rail investment were
French rail staff stage 'Black Tuesday' protests against overhaul

French rail staff stage 'Black Tuesday' protests against overhaul

National and international services hit on first day of rolling walkouts over Macron reformsFrench rail workers have launched three months of rolling train strikes, prompting street demonstrations and