A great Exhibition

A great Exhibition

Exhibition Road in South Kensington has always been a bit special. It was the first road in Britain to have ...
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The political road

The political road

There is a very long and expensive road scheme that has escaped the cuts. And, indeed, any virtually any attention ...
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Why America missed the train

Why America missed the train

Travelling around America by rail for the past two weeks to research my new book on US railways has given ...
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Cambridge busway debacle

Cambridge busway debacle

It seemed a good idea at the time. Well, at least to some people. Instead of reinstating a railway line ...
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Open letter to Norman Baker: save cycling cash

Open letter to Norman Baker: save cycling cash

Open letter to Norman Baker, minister for cycling, walking, buses, alternatives to travel, etc  Dear Norman It has been remiss ...
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Norman: Save cycling money!

Norman: Save cycling money!

Open letter to Norman Baker, minister for cycling, walking, buses, alternatives to travel, etc   Dear Norman It has been ...
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HS2 may result in the unexpected

HS2 may result in the unexpected

  My new book, Engines of War, which is being published next month, highlights a little known aspect of the ...
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It doesn't have to be only cuts, minister

It doesn’t have to be only cuts, minister

  So Philip Hammond is the poor sap who drew the short straw as transport secretary in the new government, ...
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Open letter to the new transport secretary

Open letter to the new transport secretary

  Dear new transport secretary,   You poor sap. I wonder why on earth you have taken this job and ...
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The suburban transport dilemma can be solved

The suburban transport dilemma can be solved

I have always been rather stumped by the suburban question. When I have been on phone-ins about transport policy, the ...
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Oxford Street needs a radical rethink, not tinkering

Oxford Street needs a radical rethink, not tinkering

Walking in a Soho street on a January Saturday night with my partner and a couple of friends, I was ...
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Smarter travel is the clever way to go

Smarter travel is the clever way to go

  As I write this column overlooking the street in Holloway where I live, an old man who lives opposite ...
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Road construction ploughs on despite change in climate

Road construction ploughs on despite change in climate

  The first time I voted in an election was at the GLC elections of 1973 when Labour promised to ...
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Cycle hire scheme may not be the best way to boost cycling

Cycle hire scheme may not be the best way to boost cycling

The London mayor's cycle hire scheme terrifies me. Superficially, it sounds very exciting. There are to be 6,000 hire bikes ...
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Rail industry fails the PR test

Rail industry fails the PR test

There is something deeply perverse about the rail industry. While in a recession when customer numbers are falling, most companies ...
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Do we need more transport or less?

Do we need more transport or less?

The fundamental question that governments, both local and national, are never able to answer is whether they want more transport ...
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Boris is poor pointer to Tory policies

Boris is poor pointer to Tory policies

I would like to take Boris Johnson seriously. I would like to think that behind the buffoonery and the TV ...
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Road safety still not on the agenda

Road safety still not on the agenda

Road safety is one of the issues where one feels that the government is going through the motions. Yes, you ...
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Railways face battering in recession despite protection

Railways face battering in recession despite protection

We have entered a new era on the railways. The unexcitingly named Control Period 4 for Network Rail began on ...
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Virgin policy makes no sense

Virgin policy makes no sense

Given that some £5bn of public money is pumped into the railways annually, it would seem incumbent on the government ...
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