My Recent Writing
It seems that the HS2 gravy train is impossible to stop however much its finances go off the rails. Or at least until the election is over. A review into the high speed rail scheme, leaked yesterday, argues that plans should continue. This is despite its cost rising to at least £88bn, almost three times the original estimate of £33bn when HS2 was first proposed a decade ago. And...
Sorry reader, it is difficult to avoid Brexit at the moment. I’ve just spent three days at the European Transport Conference in Dublin where it was hard to avoid the B word, even though everyone is pretty exasperated by it all. I am, as regular readers know, a strong Remainer but a couple of the presentations did expose some of the reasons why hostility has grown towards the supranational...
At one of the numerous Labour party conference fringe meetings on transport, a junior shadow transport minister said ‘Rail renationalisation is the centrepiece of our transport policy’. Now you might think that as a longtime opponent of the way that the railways were privatised and a critic of the subsequent structure, I would be delighted at this statement. Not so. Don’t get me wrong. I remain convinced that renationalising...
Well dear reader, you deserve a break. So do I. We’ve all been inundated with Brexit, Leavers, Remainers, Boris Johnson and Operation Yellowhammer for what seems like years and in the rail industry it has been just as frenetic, with the Williams Review, collapsing franchises, declining performance, daft ministerial statements and doubts over HS2. So it is time for something different, for one column only – no mention of...
Getting cars off the road and passengers into public transport is the simpler aspect of making transport more sustainable. Freight is a whole different proposition and despite much talk about sustainable freight, the issue has not really been properly addressed by government or industry. The negative effects of freight transport are usually considered as the price that has to be paid to ensure that everyone gets what they need...
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. He was Labour's candidate for the 2016 Richmond Park & North Kingston by-election and also ran to be Labour's candidate in the last London mayoral election. Read more >>
• National Wales Transport conference on Wednesday, November 20 2019
• Future of Mobility on Tuesday, November 26 2019