Rail 994: Tories step over the line

Rail 994: Tories step over the line

Regular readers will know that I am a Labour supporter but my political allegiance has nothing to do with the ...
'Nobody gives a damn' lives on

‘Nobody gives a damn’ lives on

In the columns I write for Rail magazine, I have developed the concept of the Nobody Gives a Damn railway ...
Letter to The Times: The not so cunning plan on HS2

Letter to The Times: The not so cunning plan on HS2

Cutting back HS2 to run solely between Old Oak Common and Birmingham Curzon Street is not the cunning plan that ...
Rail 993: Edinburgh tram success came at a price - and au revoir Nigel Harris

Rail 993: Edinburgh tram success came at a price – and au revoir Nigel Harris

So how did the tram line in Edinburgh end up costing nearly twice its original estimate of £500m? That is ...
Dear drivers, steady as you go at 20mph and welcome to the future

Dear drivers, steady as you go at 20mph and welcome to the future

The foot soldiers for what they call the “war on the motorist” have been given plenty of ammunition lately. As ...
Rail 992: Oh so you want to buy a ticket? Not here guv

Rail 992: Oh so you want to buy a ticket? Not here guv

‘How on earth did we get here? I wake up at night wondering what they were thinking’ – that was ...
Labour's dilemma on HS2

Labour’s dilemma on HS2

A visit to a couple of the huge HS2 sites scattered along the route between London and Birmingham will debunk ...
Rail 991: HS2 engineering marvel but....

Rail 991: HS2 engineering marvel but….

Gosh I wish I could love HS2. Life would be easier and I would not suffer the opprobrium I get ...
Why is HS2 costing so much?

Why is HS2 costing so much?

The members of the Denham Waterski Club are among the few people in the Chilterns who are grateful for HS2 ...
Rail 990: Leaderless and rudderless, hapless Harper and his Merriman

Rail 990: Leaderless and rudderless, hapless Harper and his Merriman

August is always a good excuse for inaction but this dying Tory administration has taken it to extremes. The railways ...
Great British Railways - dead or alive?

Great British Railways – dead or alive?

There was a period soon after the arrival of Rishi Sunak in Number 10 when it seemed that Great British ...
Sunak's fares dilemma

Sunak’s fares dilemma

Rail commuters will be looking nervously at the announcement of July's inflation level. That's because they know that the annual ...
Rail 989: The railways in limbo and TFL needs to step up

Rail 989: The railways in limbo and TFL needs to step up

The suspension of politics for the summer has left the railways in limbo. We have a zombie government eeking out ...
Book review: Andrew Martin's love affair with the Metro

Book review: Andrew Martin’s love affair with the Metro

Andrew Martin is in love. Head over heels in love, quite unable to control himself in his appreciation of the ...
Sunak's phony war is bound to result in defeat

Sunak’s phony war is bound to result in defeat

Isn’t it extraordinary that the Tories scent blood over that most prosaic of innovations, the ponderously named low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs)  ...
Rail 988: ticket office madness

Rail 988: ticket office madness

There is foolishness, insanity and utter and complete madness. It is difficult to characterise the announcement on the closure of ...
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