A great Exhibition

February 2nd, 2011 Transport Times 10 comments
Exhibition Road in South Kensington has always been a bit special. It was the first road in Britain to have a tunnel built under it for pedestrians to avoid the traffic above. The tunnel was built by the Metropolitan District Railway in the late 19th century to give people easy access to the burgeoning museums above. Originally the railway charged a penny for the use of the subway but it ...

The political road

December 15th, 2010 Transport Times 11 comments
There is a very long and expensive road scheme that has escaped the cuts. And, indeed, any virtually any attention which is surprising given that at 50 miles long and costing £800m, it is one of the most expensive highway projects in Europe. It goes through a beautiful unspoilt area of countryside and yet so far no Swampy-type figure has been rushing to set up a camp in the beautiful ...

Why America missed the train

November 15th, 2010 Transport Times 11 comments
Travelling around America by rail for the past two weeks to research my new book on US railways has given me a lot of time to reflect on the transport failings of this great nation. It is a paradox that the country which most depended on the railways for its very existence as a nation has now largely turned its back on them, at least as far as passengers are ...

Cambridge busway debacle

October 22nd, 2010 Transport Times 39 comments
It seemed a good idea at the time. Well, at least to some people. Instead of reinstating a railway line through the rapidly expanding hinterland of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire County Council pushed for a guided busway. The narrow old rail track between the city and St Ives could then accommodate a twin track for buses which would then be able to leave the old track bed to serve the growing dormitory ...

Open letter to Norman Baker: save cycling cash

September 11th, 2010 Transport Times 8 comments
Open letter to Norman Baker, minister for cycling, walking, buses, alternatives to travel, etc  Dear Norman It has been remiss of me not to write before now to congratulate you on your new post. It is gratifying to see a Liberal Democrat being given key responsibilities in the Department for Transport, especially as you have always been a supporter of various sensible measures such as rail line reopenings, cutting back on road ...

Norman: Save cycling money!

September 9th, 2010 Transport Times 7 comments
Open letter to Norman Baker, minister for cycling, walking, buses, alternatives to travel, etc   Dear Norman It has been remiss of me not to write before now to congratulate you on your new post. It is gratifying to see a Liberal Democrat being given key responsibilities in the Department for Transport, especially as you have always been a supporter of various sensible measures such as rail line reopenings, cutting back on road ...
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