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  • The new battle of Jericho

    (pic by permission, Andy Ffrench, Oxford Mail) Here’s a prediction for my second blog of the decade: the twenties are going to see a series of battles across the country over increasing restraints put on cars. With concerns about climate change and, probably more importantly for local disputes, air pollution, the notion that cars should be allowed unrestrained access to urban centres and rat runs through residential streets will...

  • January 2020 newsletter

    I am starting the year as I mean to go on, with a new newsletter for January with the hope of doing these every month. You can subscribe to it through the website. The start of a new decade is a good time to assess the impact of technology on transport. What major changes will result from the introduction of new technology by the end of the decade? If...

  • Delights of transport scored nul points

    The Labour manifesto was incredible. In the true sense of the word, meaning unbelievable. It was packed with goodies such as four day weeks, free broadband, massive renationalisation and money for the WASPI women  and plenty more. It just got wilder as the election team got more desperate and what happened on transport policy is an excellent example of the mistakes that were made. It started off fine. Renationalising...

  • The level of homelessness is a crisis

    The first in my new blog reflecting matters mostly other than transport – though I will occasionally lapse into rail etc. Just jogging to the cafe and back to pick up some bread early this morning, I came across six homeless men, huddled up in their sleeping bags or begging for their breakfast. I spoke to a couple of them and the story is familiar. They became homeless through...

  • Rail 893: the unanswered questions on HS2

    HS2 is the biggest infrastructure project ever to be built in this country. It is, too, controversial given the huge amount of money it will cost and its environmental impact on parts of the country. So it was inevitable that it would be dragged into the general election campaign. Unfortunately, it has not been raised in a way which could lead to an informed debate about the merits or...


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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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As cities like Glasgow, Birmingham & Bristol start to grapple with traffic issues, every little measure to close roads, improve air quality and restrict traffic is still met with opposition-this battle over a st in Fulham is typical - do sign the petition democracy.lbhf.gov.uk/mgEPeti…

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