First the Tube, now the trains? Around the clock rail could be on the way

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Trains could be running in Britain around the clock in the "not too distant future", the chief executive of Network Rail has said.

Mark Carne, who will step down in the summer as chief executive of the company responsible for rail infrastructure, said people wanted rail services to reflect their lifestyles.

Five lines on the London Underground have run a 24-hour service since 2016, with services also running around the clock on the London Overground line between Highbury and Islington and New Cross Gate.

Mr Carne told the Times the public sector company was looking at its systems for inspecting and repairing the railway to prepare for round-the-clock services.