Railways face the perfect storm

Railways face the perfect storm

“So, Mum/Dad, what are the railways for?” That is the question the UK rail industry will be dreading hearing in ...
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The last newsletter of the year

The last newsletter of the year

The biggest risk of the long term effect of the pandemic is that we see a permanent change from the ...
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The wonder of rail travel

The wonder of rail travel

What is it about trains? In truth it would not have been surprising if they had gone the way of ...
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The contradictions of railway policy are all too obvious

The contradictions of railway policy are all too obvious

It is difficult to know whether to laugh or cry. At the same time as we are getting news about ...
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Rail 945: Was the Integrated Rail Plan really that bad?

Rail 945: Was the Integrated Rail Plan really that bad?

Imagine a slightly different world. The railways are being run by a rather impressive pair,  Andy, the ambitious and media-savvy ...
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Rail 944: Media gets it wrong on Salisbury rail crash

Rail 944: Media gets it wrong on Salisbury rail crash

The rail collision at Salisbury attracted the usual amount of over the top coverage from the media but that is ...
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At least its a plan (sort of)

At least its a plan (sort of)

It is easy to characterise the scrapping of part of HS2 as yet another great Tory betrayal, and for the ...
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November 2021 newsletter

November 2021 newsletter

This is my newletter sent out free to subscribers - to sign up, go to my website christianwolmar.co.uk and scroll ...
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Sadiq needs to scrap the Silvertown tunnel to secure Labour's future in London

Sadiq needs to scrap the Silvertown tunnel to secure Labour’s future in London

Here’s a question for Sadiq: do you want to win the next mayoral election, or at least ensure that your ...
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Rail 943: Cop-out on the railways

Rail 943: Cop-out on the railways

Promises, promises. There’s quite a lot of them about. The railway structure is to be reformed, some version of British ...
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Letter to The Times: rail fares need sorting

Letter to The Times: rail fares need sorting

Sir, Clare Foges is right to highlight how trains could make a far bigger contribution to the net zero target ...
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Rail 942: A big test for the Levelling Up agenda

Rail 942: A big test for the Levelling Up agenda

‘Levelling up’ is the big idea following on from other memorable catch phrases like ‘hug a hoodie’ and the Big ...
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Transport delights in Zurich

Transport delights in Zurich

Zurich, with a population of 400,000, is one of the most pleasant places in the world to live with its ...
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Rail 941: The damaging war between London and the government

Rail 941: The damaging war between London and the government

I love London, my home town and one of the great cities of the world. It is a much kinder ...
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The strange obsession with innovation

The strange obsession with innovation

By Pearl Ahrens and Christian Wolmar Innovation has become something of a buzzword in recent years. From Uber to Deliveroo, ...
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The fundamental contradiction of mobility

The fundamental contradiction of mobility

The fascinating paradox about transport is the contradiction between accessibility and mobility. We all want to have access to the ...
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Rail 940: Does HS2 fit with the decarbonising agenda?

Rail 940: Does HS2 fit with the decarbonising agenda?

The government’s decarbonisation policy document is a constipated effort, blood out of stone from reluctant politicians after much delay. It ...
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Rail 939: Crossrail's long journey is almost over

Rail 939: Crossrail’s long journey is almost over

It’s gone quiet on Crossrail recently, and they like it like that. No news is good news because the past ...
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September 2021 newsletter: a (sort of) return to normal

September 2021 newsletter: a (sort of) return to normal

Life is returning to around 50 per cent normal, so this newsletter is focussing on various events I am speaking ...
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Rail 938: The unanswered questions over the Croydon tram disaster

Rail 938: The unanswered questions over the Croydon tram disaster

For more than a century and a half, rail safety has improved thanks to learning from the causes of past ...
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