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My debate with car enthusiast and advertising man Rory Sutherland Wolmar: Let’s face it: we’re talking about a technology that will never happen. There may be some driverless cars going round Phoenix in a very limited way but the owners, Waymo, which is part of Google, are very secretive about precisely what they’re doing. The hype is being driven by carmakers, desperate to lay claim to the future, and tech...
Cycling has been a neglected area of Labour policy. Sure, our transport spokesmen and women have, over the years, supported the idea of getting more people on bikes with promises of a bit of extra money and lots of positive references in statements and reports. A few good facilities have been built, especially in London and in the few towns that already have a traditionally high number of cyclists, such...
Chris Grayling’s spin doctors deserve a big fat Christmas bonus. It was ever so clever merging a series of different rail announcements into one ‘strategy’ with most prominence in the accompanying PR given to reversing the Beeching cuts. That went down so well with the media. Mention the legendary and loathed figure of Beeching and the news stories start flowing. The romantics on the news desks start harking back...
Philip Hammond clearly thought twice before jumping into a driverless car on the day before his Budget. The headlines about a driverless government would have been all too obvious, but he should think more, too, about the very concept and whether it is either feasible or desirable. There is a tendency for the latest technology to be touted as the way of saving the country from disaster and...
Scotland is different. And is becoming more so, given the continued dominance of the SNP and the emphasis on devolution. The railways are no exception. There is, as Alex Hynes, the managing director of the Scotrail Alliance, a different attitude to the railways in Scotland compared with south of the border. As he puts it, when he had the same job at Northern Rail, ‘the attitude was very much...
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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. In the autumn of 2012, he announced he is seeking the Labour candidacy for the 2016 London mayoral election. Read more >>
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Off to Tewksbury to do a @RAIL talk with Nigel Harris. Spoiler alert...we may disagree over some things...but lookung forward to it. English countryside looking spring like