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  • The electric car conundrum

    Electric cars are not a new invention. When I was growing up in west London in the 1960s, Harrods delivered its wares in a silent electric van while in contrast the cart belonging to Sam, the elderly milkman, was hauled up the hill where I lived by a huge horse which I invariably rewarded with a sugar lump. That story illustrates just how slowly modes of transport change and...

  • Johnson: an unsuitable candidate

    I rarely find the time to do blogs but watching Boris Johnson’s performances on the media yesterday cannot go by without a comment. He was beyond bad. Sure, one expects the usual bluster and failure to answer the question. But this was far, far worse. He could barely string a sentence, let alone a coherent thought, together and seemed completely phased by the simplest question. It was almost as...

  • Rail 880: HS2 at risk from the Tory hordes

    There is one policy that seems to unite more of the Tory party candidates than anything else. Scrapping HS2 gets a big cheer from the Tory grassroots and several of the candidates for leadership have already expressed their support for killing off the scheme. Make no mistake, this poses a serious threat to the project is in serious danger. While scrapping the project will waste the few billions already...

  • Rail 879: The Crossrail mystery – what went wrong?

    Wherever you look in the rail industry, there seems to be trouble ahead . I do not want to be a Cassandra, sounding warnings that will never be believed, but every conversation I have with railway people ends up with gloomy predictions. However, it is difficult not to be pessimistic.  I am usually a half glass full sort of fellow but it is difficult to sustain that in the...


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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. 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 >>

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