Letter to The Guardian: When I played at Wentworth golf course

Letter to The Guardian: When I played at Wentworth golf course

Wentworth golf club was not always that posh (The rich vs the very, very rich: the Wentworth golf club rebellion, ...
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rail 926: Integrated transport, an old concept that must be revived

rail 926: Integrated transport, an old concept that must be revived

Remember ‘integrated transport’. It was a concept promoted by John Prescott, the much underrated transport secretary whose excellent 10 year ...
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Rail 925: Franchising on life support

Rail 925: Franchising on life support

After a year of paralysis in the rail industry, there finally appears to be some movement from the Department for ...
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February 2021 newsletter

February 2021 newsletter

Oddly, in this short newsletter, I am going to promote someone else’s book. This is because I think Peter Walker’s ...
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Treasury needs lesson in GCSE economics

Treasury needs lesson in GCSE economics

Every year, rail fares go up and every year, the proposed increase in fuel duty is shelved. This year was ...
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Rail 924: The robots are not coming that fast

Rail 924: The robots are not coming that fast

In the midst of all the chaos and uncertainty on the railways caused by the pandemic, it is surprising that ...
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Rail 923: In a logical world, peak fares would be abolished but....

Rail 923: In a logical world, peak fares would be abolished but….

One clear result of the Covid crisis is that we have to recognise that moving around more is not necessarily ...
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New Statesman letter: Musk's achilles heel

New Statesman letter: Musk’s achilles heel

Elon Musk may, as Will Dunn, suggests ‘be a more interesting person to occupy capitalism’s top spot’ but watch out ...
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The driverless car revolution that keeps on not coming

The driverless car revolution that keeps on not coming

In early January, the  Department for Transport (DfT) boasted that the UK “was on the cusp of a transport revolution” ...
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Rail 922: How to recreate a joined-up railway

Rail 922: How to recreate a joined-up railway

In recent weeks I have interviewed numerous ex-BR managers for my new book which is about the successes and failures ...
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January 2021 Newsletter: it's not all gloom but....

January 2021 Newsletter: it’s not all gloom but….

I have not worn a suit for a year. I hate wearing suits but I am so looking forward now ...
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Rail 921: The railways must adapt to survive

Rail 921: The railways must adapt to survive

Well not even Mystic Wolmar if he were a genius could have predicted the events of 2020. As I keep ...
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The real reason behind opposition to Low Traffic Neighborhoods

The real reason behind opposition to Low Traffic Neighborhoods

By Pearl Ahrens and Christian Wolmar Last month, 322 people, from London and across the world, wrote in to the ...
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Times review of Cathedrals of Steam

Times review of Cathedrals of Steam

Review by Richard Godwin London has 14 railway termini, more than any other city in the world. It has no ...
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December newsletter: deja vu all over again

December newsletter: deja vu all over again

This is the newsletter that goes out to subscribers every month. If you want to subscribe click here There’s rather ...
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HS2 likes to keep things secret

HS2 likes to keep things secret

With £20bn already swallowed up and an estimated £80bn more needed, HS2 is good at disposing of large sums of ...
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Rail 920: ORR focus on little used stations is an own goal

Rail 920: ORR focus on little used stations is an own goal

Lots of fun has been had over the past couple of weeks with Berney Arms, an obscure station in Norfolk ...
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Working together, a concept lost in the private free for all

Working together, a concept lost in the private free for all

Over the past few weeks, I have spent a lot of time talking to former British Rail staff for my ...
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Daily Telegraph review: Cathedrals of Steam:

Daily Telegraph review: Cathedrals of Steam:

By Christopher Howse In Cousin Chatterbox’s Railway Alphabet it says: “A is the Arch, which you see when you start,/ ...
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Rail 919: Welsh report shows that building roads is not the only or best option

Rail 919: Welsh report shows that building roads is not the only or best option

Ever since the creation of a ministry of transport, just over a century ago, there has been a presumption of ...
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