My Recent Writing
There have already been 29 deaths on London’s roads in the first eight weeks of the year, compared with 10 in the same period last year. This terrible toll highlights the need for a ‘Vision Zero’ policy on road safety, an idea I have been proposing as part of my mayoral campaign. While there is no overall pattern to this threefold increase, the four cycling deaths were all caused by left turning lorries,...
It’s been ten years since a young student called Mike, who had an interest in my work and was producing an online magazine on London’s transport, contacted me. He suggested I should have a website, but I was reluctant. What would I need a website for, I had plenty of business anyway and it would cost. No, he said, he would put all the material on for free as he...
I am often asked about Maglev and whether it is the technology of the future. So it was fascinating to travel on the maglev between Shanghai and Pudong Airport, to find out more about it. The line which yesterday celebrated its 10th anniversary, is not a great success. The 19 mile line cost $1.3bn to build and has never recouped any of its capital costs, just about covering its...
It all seems so simple. Trams are cheaper to operate and much more flexible, so putting them on rail lines which may be little used or that connect with tramways would be eminently sensible. Yet, as reported a couple of issues ago in Rail, the plan for a short tram train route between Sheffield and Rotherham has been delayed again, with now only the vague opening date of 2016...
One of the unfathomable complexities of the rail system for passengers is the compensation scheme for delays. Many people are unaware of it or have not idea how to claim, or whether they are eligible. The TSSA has sought to highlight the train operators’s failing in this respect by annually pointing out that the train operators profit from the imbalance in the compensation system between the money they receive...
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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 >>.
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