Christian Wolmar

Rail 756: No justification for rail fare rises

September 19th, 2014 Rail Magazine 1 comment
Mystic Wolmar is normally dormant at this time of the year but here is a surefire prediction: the rail fares will not go up by RPI +1 per cent in January next year. That’s because rail fare rises, as I mentioned in my article on the subject in the Evening Standard, are now as toxic for ministers as fuel tax increases. The public has, largely, cottoned on to the fact that ...

Sides becoming more entrenched over HS2

October 14th, 2013 Surveyor 5 comments
The only strange aspect of the growing controversy over HS2 is that it has taken so long to come to the boil. The scheme is suffering from the way it was conceived. In reality the debate that is happening now should have taken place four years ago when Lord Adonis commissioned HS2 Ltd to produce a report into the idea. That was the key error. It looked as if the ...
September 9th, 2014

Trains not necessarily as environmentally friendly as railways claim

Transport is the most visible consumer of energy apart from heating. From planes soaring into the sky and heavy trains thundering along the rails at 125mph to the Smart cars and mopeds pootling around our city streets, every mode of transport (apart from cycling and walking) is a major consumer of energy. Transport accounts for around a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. The good news is that overall consumption of energy ...
August 19th, 2014

Don’t price people off the railways

  Rail fare rises have become almost as toxic to politicians as fuel tax increases. So today’s July inflation figures, which mean that rail fares will rise by up to 5.5 per cent next January at a time when wages are only creeping up, are likely to lead to backtracking by ministers in the months ahead. The July inflation figure is crucial because it is the benchmark for rises in season tickets ...

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