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  • Letter to The Times: Fix potholes but don’t build new roads

    It is excellent that The Times is highlighting the nation’s difficulties with transport as it is a neglected area of policy. Fundamental solutions are needed. Almost all transport planners think that there is only one way to rationalise our transport system: road pricing. It would of course have to include calibration to ensure that people pay more at peak times and that rural driving is cheaper than it is now, as...

  • Why cycling needs to be taken seriously by politicians and planners

    I’ve been a cyclist virtually all my life. I started cycling the two miles to school when I was 15, unconcerned even then by the London traffic despite the pleas from my parents. They had given me a Moulton, a precursor of the Brompton with little wheels and Sturmey Archer gears, and though it did not fold up, it was very Swinging London. For a time in my twenties,...

  • Rail 850: When will they come clean on HS2 costs?

    In writing my book on the story of Crossrail, my interviews with senior managers as well as the planners who worked on the earlier version of the scheme have offered a lot of lessons for HS2 but I have concerns that they will not be learnt. Not much has been heard about Crossrail over the past year or so and that is something which does not disappoint its managers....

  • Driverless deathtraps

    It was exactly the sort of accident that was supposed never to happen. This was a ‘safe’ self-driving car, armed with a battery of sensors and automatic brakes for just such an emergency. The speeding Uber taxi didn’t even brake before mowing down Elaine Herzberg last weekend. If the crash was a catastrophe for the victim and her family, it is disastrous, too, for the billion-dollar proponents of the...

  • Rail 849: Another potential rail scandal as short-termism wins out again

    When Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail, produced his review into railway overspending two years ago, he blithely recommended that the company could generate £1.8bn by disposing of non-railway assets. At the time, I wrote that this was a bit of smoke and mirrors since by selling off assets that were earning a rate of return, it would be simply foregoing a future revenue stream in return for...


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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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  • A talk on Railways and the Raj with Shashi Tharoor and Monisha Rajesh at London on Saturday, June 9 2018

  • Railways and the Raj at Newmarket on Thursday, July 19 2018

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My 110th @parkrunUK today at Highbury, still keeping under the dreaded 30 min mark by 45 secs and it was hot....But still want to do better; possibly cycling 30 miles yesterday round London was not a good idea