BRITAIN'S railway system has been plunged into one of its worst crises since privatisation after a "flawed" competition to run train services on the cross-Border West Coast Main Line was cancelled and three senior Department for Transport (DfT) officials suspended.
TWO ice-breaking vehicles, 110,000 litres of ultra-low temperature de-icing liquid and 690,000 tonnes of road salt have been unveiled as part of the Scottish Government's latest contingency plans for winter weather.
MOTORISTS have been warned to avoid the M9 and M9 spur leading to the Forth Road Bridge for six weekends from next month due to roadworks which are part of a £1.6 billion project to build a new crossing.
TRAINS between London and Glasgow could be forced to operate in "grey primer" over the Christmas holidays as the handover of a passenger franchise from Virgin Trains to First Group is held up by a legal challenge, a union has claimed.
OFFICIALS expressed private doubts about the Scottish Government's ability to pay for its ambitious five-year programme of rail improvements before cuts were announced in summer, a report has confirmed.
MINISTERS have been accused of over-committing to rail investment programmes they could not afford after it emerged they made an extraordinary attempt to defer loan repayments on more than £2.5 billion of railway debt.
BILINGUAL road signs will be erected along a 120-mile stretch of the A9 after research concluded that having English and Gaelic place names alongside each other does not increase the risk of accidents.