Waiting on a freezing platform at 6am and not even getting a seat: Transport Minister FINALLY realises what it's like to take the train to workOutcry when it was revealed Simon Burns was being driven to workReported that the chauffeur-driven car cost the taxpayer 80,000 a yearAfter pressure from commuters he decided to 'adjust' his travel Tory MP pictured taking train from Chelmsford to London for third day By David Wilkes PUBLISHED: 02:00 GMT, 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 05:17 GMT, 11 January 2013 Pledging to take the train seemed to be causing quite a strain for Simon Burns yesterday.
Merry Christmas from our Great British weather: Ruined homes, flooded fields, a nightmare getaway and more rain STILL to come Bodmin saw 155 mm in five days – it has a usual monthly average of 300mmFirst Great Western: 'If you are planning to travelling to or from Devon and Cornwall it is advised to postpone your journey if at all possible' 165 UK flood warnings in place – majority in Midlands and the South WestThree people were killed in a crash near Midlothian, which had heavy rain Scotland and West Country are likely to suffer the most Christmas Eve rain Up to 30mm of rain is expected to fall between midnight and noonMet Office: Britain is now set for one of its wettest years since 1910 | UPDATED: 01:08 GMT, 25 December 2012 Homeowners are on alert for further flooding on Christmas Day as forecasters warn of heavy rains as the bad weather continues to threaten homes, businesses, roads and railways. With 165 flood warnings in place, tomorrow is expected to be a rather showery day across the UK, with the continued risk of thundery downpours for southern and western parts. The great Christmas getaway has been stalled by floods which are hampering the rail network with lines in the south-west among services hardest hit
Tesco spends 28MILLION on private jets flying executives around the world Retail giant's spending on private jets for senior staff reached new high last year Firm has spent nearly 29 million on private plane journeys since 2005Spiralling costs revealed after Tesco issues first profits warning for 20 years | UPDATED: 11:12 GMT, 24 December 2012 With its famous motto of 'Every little helps' Tesco has made its fortune by meeting the needs of cost-conscious shoppers. But the supermarket giant appears to have been less thrifty with its use of private jets for senior executives – spending 8.9 million flying them around the globe last year alone. Since 2005 the firm has spent nearly 29 million on flying executives to different parts of the world, according to information filed at Companies House.
Damning new figures reveal worst performing train companies are running just half their services on time | UPDATED: 21:51 GMT, 20 December 2012 The worst performing train companies are running fewer than half their services on time, damning new ‘real’ punctuality figures revealed. CrossCountry, whose services snake around Britain, managed a punctuality rate of only 48.8 per cent over the last year when ‘on time’ is defined as being within a minute of the published timetable – not within up to 10 minutes as at present.
Normal service resumes at Heathrow after ice and freezing fog saw almost 200 flights cancelled Heathrow Airport said no flights have been cancelled today following disruption caused by freezing fog yesterday 98 arrivals and 91 departures were called off at Britain's biggest airport Parts of Scotland reached -10C closely followed by Chesham, Buckinghamshire, at -9C and Little Rissington in Gloucestershire at -8CRush-hour commuters faced chaos on major roads including the A1(M) as well as the main line rail and Tube Spate of accidents on roads, including overturned car and another which crashed into house | UPDATED: 09:57 GMT, 13 December 2012 Normal service has resumed at Heathrow this morning after ice and freezing fog forced it to cancel 189 flights to and from the airport yesterday. Hundreds of passengers were thought to have been left stranded both here and abroad after the airport called off 98 arrivals and 91 departures scheduled throughout the day.
Thousands of passengers scramble for information at Heathrow as 189 flights are cancelled due to ice and freezing fog 98 arrivals and 91 departures called off at Britain's biggest airport Flights to Warsaw, Stockholm and Germany as well as internal journeys to Manchester and Aberdeen cancelledLondon City Airport also hit by delays and cancellations after temperatures plunged to well below freezing overnightParts of Scotland reached -10C closely followed by Chesham, Buckinghamshire, at -9C and Little Rissington in Gloucestershire at -8CRush-hour commuters faced chaos on major roads including the A1(M) as well as the main line rail and Tube Spate of accidents on roads, including overturned car and another which crashed into house Warmer conditions on way, but forecasters warn this will be accompanied by yet more heavy rain until Christmas | UPDATED: 19:12 GMT, 12 December 2012 Heathrow has been forced to cancel 189 flights to and from the airport today as ice and freezing fog descended on the UK. Hundreds of passengers are thought to have been stranded both here and abroad after the airport called off 98 arrivals and 91 departures scheduled throughout the day.
Now you can get all the way round London on the overground as 76m final piece of track completes circleThe 76m line – running 16 trains an hour – will reduce journey timesAround 12.3m passengers a year are expected to use the new linkFrom Clapham Junction, it will now take 28 minutes to Canada Water and 35 minutes to ShoreditchBut a trip on the orbital section cannot be taken uninterrupted | UPDATED: 20:09 GMT, 10 December 2012 A 76million 'missing link' stretch of railway – dubbed the M25 on rails – was officially opened to rush hour passengers today. The new 1,422 yards of track south west of Surrey Quays station links the east London section of London Overground with existing track to the north of Queen’s Road Peckham in south east London.
A nanny state that dictates what we drink will soon be telling us how to think | UPDATED: 23:47 GMT, 28 November 2012 One great, long-standing British tradition has been that governments wherever possible left people alone to get on with their lives.