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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,...

  • Rail 765: Dealing with disruption still leaves much to be desired

    Dealing with disruptions is, according to Karen Boswell, the biggest issue faced by the rail industry. And, as she recognises, it is not one that the railways have coped with very well in the past. As boss of East Coast Trains, she has been trying to improve the situation radically and she realises that it is not an easy task. She invited me up to York to discuss the...

  • Ten years of my website

    It’s been ten years since a young student called Mike, who had an interest in my work and was producing an online magazine on London’s transport, contacted me. He suggested  I should have a website, but I was reluctant. What would I need a website for, I had plenty of business anyway and it would cost. No, he said, he would put all the material on for free as he...

  • Maglev, still not taking off after 10 years

    I am often asked about Maglev and whether it is the technology of the future. So it was fascinating to travel on the maglev between Shanghai and Pudong Airport, to find out more about it. The line which yesterday celebrated its 10th anniversary, is not a great success. The 19 mile line cost $1.3bn to build and has never recouped any of its capital costs, just about covering its...

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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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