Christian Wolmar

Rail 751: Is open access worth the hassle?

June 15th, 2014 Rail Magazine no comments
While the Department for Transport may be relieved that it has managed to get the Thameslink etc management contract away – it is not, pace my esteemed editor’s enthusiasm, a franchise since there is no risk transfer – the issues around the East Coast franchise are even more complex and troublesome. A spanner the size of a Pendolino has been thrown in the works by the announcement in February by Alliance ...

Sides becoming more entrenched over HS2

October 14th, 2013 Surveyor 5 comments
The only strange aspect of the growing controversy over HS2 is that it has taken so long to come to the boil. The scheme is suffering from the way it was conceived. In reality the debate that is happening now should have taken place four years ago when Lord Adonis commissioned HS2 Ltd to produce a report into the idea. That was the key error. It looked as if the ...
August 19th, 2014

Rail fares become political

Governments used to be able to sneak through rail fare rises with barely a mention in the media. No longer. The annual rises have become highly contentious after years of above-inflation rises, and in the coming year they could become a genuine election issue – a rarity for a transport policy. One problem is that it seems fares are going up several times a year. In fact, there is ...
July 8th, 2014

Tour de France does little for the cycling cause

As Le Grand Départ turns into Le Grand Au Revoir and the Tour de France cyclists and their huge accompanying caravan return to France, the predictable self-congratulation from politicians and sporting organisations has begun. They claim that the Tour will provide a fantastic boost for cycling in the UK that will be felt for years.    Sadly ...
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