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  • Book review: The English Railway Station

    The English Railway Station Steve Parissien English Heritage £25   Railway books tend to fall into two categories: those that provide too much extraneous detail (as in: ‘The first sod of the Dorset Central was cut at Blandford by Lady Smith of the Down House…the expenses of the ceremony amounted to £224 13s 2d including £71 for wine…’;  and at the other extreme, those aimed at the presents-for-my-trainspotter-uncle type,...

  • Road death toll prompts need for Vision Zero

    There have already been 29 deaths on London’s roads in the first eight weeks of the year, compared with 10 in the same period last year. This terrible toll highlights the need for a ‘Vision Zero’ policy on road safety, an idea I have been proposing as part of my mayoral campaign. While there is no overall pattern to this threefold increase, the four cycling deaths were all caused by left turning lorries,...

  • Ski safari delights

    It’s at dawn when I most appreciate this ski safari in the Dolomites. First, there is the pink sunrise through the mountains, often highlighting the woolly cloud nestling in the valleys below. Then there is the treat of the first run of the day. We’re staying in high mountain Rifugi, or refuges, skiing from one to the other with a small rucksack containing a few clean clothes and necessities,...

  • Rail 768: The mystery of the freight railway that never happened

    Infrastructure planning is an imperfect business and the railways are a clear illustration of that. Indeed, one feature of Britain’s railways is that they were never planned out in a systematic way but, rather, came about as a result of raw capitalist enterprise mitigated, only slightly, by Parliamentary considerations. I muse about this because I have never quite understood why successive proposals for a major freight railway across Britain...

  • Rail 767: The risks facing the rail industry

    I have at times been critical of the system of committee hearings in the Commons because the MPs often miss the point and focus only on their narrow interests. However, I have watched the ever improving performance of Louise Ellman, the current chair since 2008, who has really grown into the job in recent years and has become adept at asking the right questions and eliciting answers from recalcitrant...

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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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