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  • Letter to The Times on Driverless cars

    It is unclear where the push for driverless cars (News, Feb 6) is coming from. There is no public desire: surveys show a reluctance to use driverless cars, they will not solve congestion, and there are huge safety concerns, especially with regard to computer hacking. Trials in the US have stalled in the aftermath of the fatality in Arizona, and as the limitations of the technology, such as it...

  • EU membership does not preclude rail renationalisation

    Of the Tory privatisations visited upon the UK in recent decades, few arouse such intensity of feelings as that of the railways. A much-loved public institution now dogged by a reputation for exploitative and above-inflation price increases paired with poor service, commitments to renationalise the network offered an early emblem of what a Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn was to stand for. With...

  • My speech on driverless cars at the Transportation Research Board, Washington DC, 15/1/19

    There is something extraordinary happening out there in relation to driverless cars. But it is not quite what you think – or have been led to believe. The spending on the development of autonomous vehicles is quite unprecedented. I am not sure in the history of transport whether so much has been spent on a single concept. We’ve had railway booms, and explosions of road building but nothing on...

  • Rail 868: Wrong trees off the line

    Sometimes good results come out of bad decisions. When the now departed Jo ‘Hydrogen’ Johnson announced a review of Network Rail’s vegetation management policies last spring, it was greeted by widespread derision not least from this commentator. We all had a good chuckle about how the poor fellow had no understanding of the railway and how his announcement was just a kneejerk reaction to a very necessary part of...

  • The most radical transport authority

      The City of London has become by far the most radical local authority in Britain. It closed Bank, one of the busiest junctions in the City, to all traffic except buses and cyclists during working hours and is now embarked on a policy of trying to shift modal share radically away from cars. Cycling though the City has tripled over the past decade andthe whole transport strategy is...


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About Christian Wolmar

Christian Wolmar is an award winning writer and broadcaster specialising in transport and is the author of a series of books on railway history. He was Labour's candidate for the 2016 Richmond Park & North Kingston by-election and also ran to be Labour's candidate in the last London mayoral election. Read more >>

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