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  • The driverless car hype must be countered or lives will be lost

    Here we go yet again. The Guardian today reports that Addison Lee ‘aims to deploy driverless cars on London’s streets’ by 2021. The Evening Standard all but reproduces the press release and concludes ‘the future is definitely autonomous’. The implication is that there will be fully autonomous vehicles speeding round the capital within three years. Well there won’t be. I can say that unequivocally. It is just another example of...

  • Rail 864: How about a transport strategy?

    A couple of years ago I wrote a short book entitled ‘Are Trams Socialist?’. Spoiler alert, but the answer was no as the book was really not about trams but about the failure of transport policy ever since the first minister for transport was appointed just after the first world war. In truth, the notion of transport policy has been an oxymoron. In other words, there never has been...

  • Rail 863: Will review really be root and branch?

    So the review is going to be a ‘root and branch’ examination of the state of the railways and what to do about the structure of the industry. While I give my full support to Keith Williams who is carrying out the review, it does seem strange that someone with limited experience of the industry – he does have some transport knowledge but has never worked in the railways...

  • Labour must not swallow the driverless car con

    Anna Turley’s recent LabourList article about automation rightly extols the virtues of new technology while warning of its potential to cause “mass misery as well as glittering prizes”. There is a tendency to think technology is able to solve all problems, even when a cursory examination of the issue suggests otherwise – and nowhere is this more true than in relation to driverless cars. Shaun Bailey, the Tory candidate for London mayor,...

  • Rail 862: Review must be radical

    Here we go again. A review is in the offing. They may not have the frequency of buses but they certainly have the regularity. The response to any major cock up on the railways is to call in a reviewer, possibly someone with experience in the railways (Nicola Shaw, Richard Brown, Peter Hendy) or not (Roy McNulty), and give them a year to produce a report. Then it gets...


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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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