Travel misery as over-running engineering work and signal failures hit first day back at work after Christmas break

Travel misery as over-running engineering work and signal failures hit first day back at work after Christmas breakOne train was so full passengers were ordered off before it could continueHeathrow Express was not running earlier because of over-running worksPower problems also hold up services between Reading and LondonTrain derailment in the Midlands meant services were replaced by busesWorks also lead to platform problems at Birmingham New Street StationA broken-down train brought hold-ups for passengers in ScotlandRailways in Wales suffer delays because of signalling faults | UPDATED: 17:53 GMT, 27 December 2012 Over-running engineering work, signal failures and packed trains have been heaping misery on rail passengers today as they returned to work after the Christmas break. A train at Crewe, Cheshire, was so full some passengers were ordered off before it could continue.

Misery in A&E: Tens of thousands left waiting in corridors or even ambulances for hours before they get a bed

Misery in A&E: Tens of thousands left waiting in corridors or even ambulances for hours before they get a bedHealth experts say sufferers are 'warehoused' in hospitals Some are kept in ambulances to massage waiting time figuresAdmissions have soared and the health service is struggling to cope, say health professionals PUBLISHED: 01:17 GMT, 27 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:17 GMT, 27 December 2012 Tens of thousands of patients are being kept on trolleys or in ambulances because there are not enough hospital beds. Some are ‘warehoused’ in corridors or side rooms for up to 12 hours before being taken to a ward. Others are parked outside in ambulances for up to 30 minutes until they are allowed to be admitted.

Housing market: More misery for renters as average monthly payments are expected to jump by 4%

More misery for renters frozen off the housing ladder as average monthly payments are expected to jump by another 4% Rents expected to rise twice as fast as house prices in 2013Cost of the average home will rise by a modest two per cent | UPDATED: 09:12 GMT, 14 December 2012 Rents will rise twice as fast as house prices in 2013 as Britain’s embattled housing market endures another tough year, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors will say today.

UK weather forecast: Britain faces coldest winter for 100 years as Big Freeze follows flood

MINUS 20C Britain faces coldest winter for 100 years, warn forecasters as Big Freeze follows floodTemperatures to plummet to minus 3C this week and could fall as low as 20C in December Fears that snow blizzards could close roads and shut down rail networks as winter takes hold But torrential rain which has deluged country and swamped St Asaph in North Wales will finally ease | UPDATED: 11:11 GMT, 28 November 2012 Britain will shiver tonight as temperatures plummet in the first taste of what promises to be one of our coldest winters for a century. The cold snap is expected to last until the end of the week, creating dangerous conditions on the roads and adding to the misery of those already battling floods