Christian Wolmar

Rail 744: Rolling stock chaos highlights DfT ineptitude

March 12th, 2014 Rail Magazine 3 comments
It is not often that the railways are mentioned at Prime Minister’s Questions but on March 5th they came up from an unexpected source, the veteran Labour MP Jack Straw who has rarely expressed any previous interest in the industry. Mr Straw asked about the proposed transfer of nine diesel multiple units from TransPennine Express to Chiltern which would represent a loss of an eighth of TPE’s rolling stock and ...

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 ...
April 10th, 2014

What is the point of HS2?

Mohammed Salique owns a Restaurant called Diwana in Drummond Street, which runs west from the side of Euston station. Diwana, which opened in 1970, claims that it was the first restaurant in Britain to serve South Indian vegetarian food. It wasn’t the first Asian food outlet in the street: Ambala, now a chain of shops selling Indian sweets, opened in 1965, catering to the immigrants from India and Bangladesh (then ...
March 11th, 2014

Bob Crow obituary

Bob Crow, the leader of the RMT (the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers), who has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 52, managed to popularise the cause of trade unions at a time of declining membership and increasing hostility. He was often the face of trade unionism in the media, and had a higher profile than leaders of much larger unions.   This was achieved ...
  • Five hours on Welsh Highland @festrail for 50 mile ride with glorious scenery & weather.Tks to driver Paul Ingham and pressman Andrew Thomas

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