How to build a 135 mile railway in 3 days (clue, it's not HS2)

How to build a 135 mile railway in 3 days (clue, it’s not HS2)

General George Patton was always a man in a hurry. As a cavalryman who wore breeches long after horses were ...
Labour's plan is a starter for 10

Labour’s plan is a starter for 10

There are a lot of details to sort out in Labour’s plan to renationalise the railways. There is, for example, ...
Rail 1007: How railways still win wars

Rail 1007: How railways still win wars

Two articles in national newspapers at the beginning of this month have highlighted the importance of a little understood aspect ...
Congestion charge lessons being relearnt in Ireland

Congestion charge lessons being relearnt in Ireland

It was going to be chaos. Roads would be jammed with traffic avoiding the centre of London. Protestors would set ...
'elf n safety not to blame over Jacobite train demise

‘elf n safety not to blame over Jacobite train demise

When the operators of the most popular steam train service in Britain decided to challenge the safety authorities, they were ...
Rail 1006: What do we want from the railways?

Rail 1006: What do we want from the railways?

In my youth I would go on demonstrations and sometimes wonder whether I  really supported the cause we were protesting ...
Rail 1005: Rail reform process slammed by National Audit Office

Rail 1005: Rail reform process slammed by National Audit Office

One day I hope to be able to write up a report from a government agency highlighting the success of ...
Christian Wolmar newsletter March 24: New book, ride on Normandy beaches and a walk round London stations

Christian Wolmar newsletter March 24: New book, ride on Normandy beaches and a walk round London stations

Dear subscriber Such a long delay since the last newsletter, and therefore so much to say. First, I have sent ...
Rail 1004: Rail reform bill stutters out

Rail 1004: Rail reform bill stutters out

So after five years or the operation of around 36 million train services, the Government has managed to produce a ...
what to do about HS2?

what to do about HS2?

Whether they like it or not, the new transport ministers who will take over after the election will have to ...
Rail 1003: The HS2 black hole and hyped to oblivion

Rail 1003: The HS2 black hole and hyped to oblivion

I’ve seen many damning reports by various Parliamentary committees and agencies such as the National Audit Office over the years, ...
Rail 1002: The fares fiasco just got worse

Rail 1002: The fares fiasco just got worse

There are times when I need three or four columns to adequately comment on what is happening in the rail ...
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