Rail 949: The creeping cuts to rail -and mystery on the Normandy invasion

Rail 949: The creeping cuts to rail -and mystery on the Normandy invasion

Nothing encapsulates the current dilemmas on the railway than the fate of the Marston Vale line which is a 16 ...
Read More
Rail 948: Rocky times ahead for rail

Rail 948: Rocky times ahead for rail

Forgive me if I welcome the New Year by letting off a bit of steam (and breaking my rule about ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
Rail 947: Connecting the four nations report is a diversion

Rail 947: Connecting the four nations report is a diversion

In the swathe of reports and events in the past few weeks, one rather important document has been lost. This ...
Read More
Rail 946: Beware the cuts are 'a coming

Rail 946: Beware the cuts are ‘a coming

Amid all the hoo-ha of HS2, integrated rail plans and Great British Railways, there’s a rather more serious situation brewing ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
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, ...
Read More
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 ...
Read More
Scroll to Top