My Recent Writing
This is urgent. Labour must embrace staying in the single market and the customs union or face haemorrhaging members and taking a battering at the polls. That message is coming through both from members and supporters. We are stuck at 40 per cent in the polls because of the failure to take a position on Europe which many of the 48 per cent are willing us to do....
A few weeks ago I wrote that Scotland is very different from the rest of the UK in terms of its railways. Well, so is Wales, which is embarking on a unique franchising process on which a lot rests, perhaps, indeed, the very fate of the Welsh government. It is different because of devolution and the way that the franchise has been structured, but also because of the high...
Sometimes I could do with a twice weekly column to cover the rail industry properly, rather than one very two weeks, and this is such a time. The East Coast bailout, the National Audit report into the Great Northern Southern Thameslink, Labour party preparations for renationalising the railways and the Carillion chaos could all fill this column and more. I will, though, confine myself to the latter, with a...
Network Rail is changing. It has to. The national rail infrastructure company has had a rough few years with overspending on its investment programme, a series of highly publicised engineering overruns, widespread criticism from within the industry that earnt its nickname Notwork Rail and declining performance of train services. Even the most fervent supporter of the organisation recognises that Control Period 5, the five year investment programme which...
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...
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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 >>
• Railways and the Raj at Oxford on Wednesday, March 21 2018
• Railways and the Raj at Glasgow on Thursday, March 22 2018