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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...
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...
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...
The defenestration of Sir Terry Morgan, the chairman of HS2, has been as painfully slow as progress on the scheme. Speculation began on Friday and he was still none the wiser about his fate yesterday afternoon. Work on HS2 has only just started, nearly a decade after the project was first announced, and the scheduled finishing date of 2026 for the first phase is looking unlikely, as it is...
By Robert Wright This book celebrates a triumph. The UK’s vast Crossrail project, managed by Transport for London, the mayor’s transport organisation, has successfully excavated a pair of tunnels through 21km of central London. Ten new stations, likely to be among the city’s most spectacular and efficient, have been built. By letting commuter services from Heathrow airport and Reading in the west run through central London to Shenfield...
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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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