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  • The big Spectator driverless car debate

    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...

  • Cycling is a perfect fit with Labour values

    Cycling has been a neglected area of Labour policy. Sure, our transport spokesmen and women have, over the years, supported the idea of getting more people on bikes with promises of a bit of extra money and lots of positive references in statements and reports. A few good facilities have been built, especially in London and in the few towns that already have a traditionally high number of cyclists, such...

  • The fantasy of a driverless cars future

    Philip Hammond clearly thought twice before jumping into a driverless car on the day before his Budget. The headlines about a driverless government would have been all too obvious, but he should think more, too, about the very concept and whether it is either feasible or desirable.   There is a tendency for the latest technology to be touted as the way of saving the country from disaster and...

  • Rail 840: A fatuous call for unity in a fragmented industry

      You can imagine the scene. The rather desperate executives of the Rail Delivery Group, the ineptly named organisation that is supposed to bring together the disparate organisations in the rail industry, are having a brainstorming session because they are worried about the reputation of the railways. They realise that the image of the rail industry is not as good as it should be given that so many people...

  • Rail 839: Sense of injustice in the North

    Trouble is brewing in the provinces. The sense of anger about the imbalance between spending on railway investment in London and the South East compared with that in the regions is palpable. Moreover, in the unstable atmosphere of politics at the moment, nothing can be taken for granted and changes may well be afoot. The sense of resentment was well expressed in the Commons on November 6 by the...


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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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