My Recent Writing
Philip Hammond clearly thought twice before jumping into a driverless car on the day before his Budget. The headlines about a driverless government would have been all too obvious, but he should think more, too, about the very concept and whether it is either feasible or desirable. There is a tendency for the latest technology to be touted as the way of saving the country from disaster and...
Trouble is brewing in the provinces. The sense of anger about the imbalance between spending on railway investment in London and the South East compared with that in the regions is palpable. Moreover, in the unstable atmosphere of politics at the moment, nothing can be taken for granted and changes may well be afoot. The sense of resentment was well expressed in the Commons on November 6 by the...
When the announcement that the railways would receive £48bn worth of investment in operations, maintenance and renewals in the five year period from April 2019 came through, there was a sense of disbelief on social media. The doubts kept pouring in: Is it for real? Is it just smoke and mirrors? Where’s the bad news? Well, yes, it is for real, there is only a bit of smoke and...
When I was campaigning to be the Labour candidate for London mayor a couple of years ago, one issue kept being raised at meetings where I was speaking. That was pollution and, in particular, clean air. It is an issue that is leaping up the political agenda as more and more people are concerned about it. I was particularly critical of the air quality in Oxford Street, Britain’s premier...
Stations, according to Simon Jenkins, are the forgotten part of the railway experience. People love the trains, the journey, the passing countryside, the leisurely pace and the locomotives, especially steam ones. The stations, however, have been rather ignored. Sure, the ubiquity of Prêt, Upper Crust and all those coffee chains on station concourses has made the experience somewhat tawdry at times but even the worst is better than an...
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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 >>
• Railways and the Raj at Slough on Friday, January 5 2018
• Railways and the Raj at Croydon on Wednesday, January 10 2018