The Department for Transport has been told to 'get its house in order' by MPs following the bungling of the InterCity West Coast rail franchise competition.
A Tory transport minister's excuses for using dodging the commuter trains he is responsible for appear to have been defeated by government press officers.
The west coast mainline fiasco has cost the taxpayer a "significant" amount of cash, the government's public spending watchdog has found.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has condemned his department's "damning failure" over the west coast mainline, after announcing a 23-month deal with Virgin Rail.
Two Cabinet ministers and civil servants at the Department for Transport are fighting an increasingly bitter blame game behind closed doors over the collapse of the government's system for awarding rail franchises.
Ed Miliband was spared an increasingly critical appraisal of his conference speech today, after a major coalition U-turn distracted the press from events in Manchester.
Ministers need to show some leadership on road safety to halt the increase in deaths on the roads, MPs have urged.
Britain's road network will be opened up to investment from the private sector, David Cameron will announce later.
"Skewed" transport spending must be diverted away from London and the south-east to redress a "shocking" imbalance hitting the north of England, according to a report.