My Recent Writing
Nigel Farage may want to take us out of Europe but in many respects, oddly, our railways have never really truly connected with it. Eurostar is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary but it has not had the impact on our railway system that seemed possible at the time the Channel Tunnel was built. Talking to a group of railway ticket agents recently confirmed my view that the Eurostar...
The New York mayor, Bill de Blasio, is marking his first year in power by reducing the speed limit in the city to 25mph in an effort to reduce the death toll on its streets. It is time we followed suit in cutting the speed limit in London. The 30mph speed limit in urban areas was devised at a time when death on the roads was an accepted part...
Perhaps one of Mrs Thatcher’s most unexpected legacies was the Channel Tunnel, connecting Britain with France by rail. Not only did it seem to belie her Euroscepticism, but she was known to dislike the railways and only travelled on them a couple of times during her premiership. It’s still a surprise to remember that it was under her leadership that the decisions to build the tunnel and to make...
It will take more than the promise of a few faster trains in some distant decade to satisfy my friends in the North. They have put up with sub-standard trains for decades and only last month were hit by a series of stealth fare rises inflicted only on the Northern rail franchise which covers most train services in the region. Rail passengers in the North have been complaining about...
It’s the railways’ hidden story. While rail is indeed the safest form of travel, every year they still result in the deaths of over 300 people, almost one a day and by far the greatest number are suicides. The recent tragedy at Slough where a woman and her son were killed in an apparent when she grabbed him and jumped in front of a train highlighted the issue but...
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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 >>.
• Derby Rail meeting on HS2 at Derby on Thursday, December 4 2014
• What is franchising for? at london on Wednesday, December 10 2014