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  • The dangerous myth of the driverless future

    On 7th May 2016, Joshua Brown left a family trip to Disney World, Florida. He was heading back to his home in Ohio when his car struck the trailer section of a truck. He was found dead at the scene. At first, it seemed there was nothing unusual about the accident—just one road death among the 38,000 that occur in the United States every year. Investigators found that the...

  • Rail 817: Hitachi trains could be on the slow track

    Dear reader – I may bore you at times with my view that the railways are best run as a single integrated business which I often frame as the ‘What are franchises for?’ I try not to go on too much about this as I am conscious that the structure of the railway is not, for many of you, the most fascinating topic but this time bear with me....

  • Rail 816: Stopping London rail devolution is a political act

    A decade or so book ago I wrote a book called On the Wrong Line – How Incompetence and Ideology wrecked Britain’s railways. I think the two ‘i’ words are in danger of wrecking the railway again which, as Nigel Harris mentioned in his editorial in the last issue of Rail is in danger of suffering from a perfect storm. The much trailed and leaked speech by Chris Grayling...

  • We don’t have to slavishly bow out of Europe

    On Friday, I sent out a tweet, purely on impulse. It said that we, the Labour Party, must be the party of Remain. The response was, quite unexpectedly, tremendous, with more than five hundred likes and retweets. The argument clearly has resonance. We are living in perilous times. It is no exaggeration to say that the Labour Party is facing an existential threat. Our ability to deal with the...

  • The franchise farce must end

    Delays, cancellations and overcrowding – the railways are going through a particularly bad patch just as the Christmas rush is building up. Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, announced plans to improve the railways with ‘passengers at the heart of the service’ but these were quickly dismissed by critics as doing nothing to address the fundamental problems affecting the network. The best railways in the world are those in Japan...


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I wish I could rejoice at HS2 Bill finally getting royal assent but nothing has changed my view that it's a misconceived & expensive mistake


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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Wolmar\'s Railway Library

This is a collection of classic railway history books which I have selected for reprint and which you can buy in either e-form or as special editions.

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