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  • Rail 761: Passengers not as satisfied as claimed

    In passenger surveys, one of the biggest complaints is over the handling of delays. It is not so much the delay itself that aggravates passengers, but the confused response and, in particular, the lack of up to date information. Indeed, one of the commonest refrains is that ‘there is more information on Twitter than the staff seemed to have’. I have been rather lucky when it comes to rail...

  • Rail 760: Eurostar struggles to make a European impact

    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 20 mph debate: Wolmar v the ABD

    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...

  • Eurostar – jolly nice but a missed opportunity

    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...

  • New trains now, not HS3 in the vague future

    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...

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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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