Rail 953: Ukraine conflict shows rail still key in modern warfare

Rail 953: Ukraine conflict shows rail still key in modern warfare

Never say history does not repeat itself. An aspect of the Ukranian war that has been largely neglected by the ...
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Rail 952: The agenda for a new transport secretary

Rail 952: The agenda for a new transport secretary

Given world events that have managed to put even Partygate on the back burner, it is difficult to focus on ...
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Rail 951: LNER success shows the way forward; and a note on Transport's eminence grise

Rail 951: LNER success shows the way forward; and a note on Transport’s eminence grise

For many years, the train operating companies have complained about excessive interference from the Department for Treasury – ooops, sorry, ...
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Rail 950: It's the passengers, stupid

Rail 950: It’s the passengers, stupid

I’m delighted that Grant Shapps is on the case of the incessant noise that ensures there is never any chance ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rail 937: New station, old timetable

Rail 937: New station, old timetable

There seems to be a bit of a pattern to my summer writings in my attempt to keep away from ...
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Rail 936: Louth, a gem hidden from the railway

Rail 936: Louth, a gem hidden from the railway

I know I really ought to write about all the very important things going on in the railway. There’s no ...
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Rail 935: Can Network Rail be tamed?

Rail 935: Can Network Rail be tamed?

The story of the next couple of years in the rail industry will be how to tame the elephant in ...
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Rail 934: A bridge over troubled concrete

Rail 934: A bridge over troubled concrete

Over the years, as a journalist, I have occasionally come across stories that simply do not make sense. Brexit is ...
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Rail 933: 10 questions about Williams Shapps report

Rail 933: 10 questions about Williams Shapps report

There is no doubt that the Williams Shapps report could have been a lot worse. There is undoubtedly a strong ...
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