Railcard scam is nothing short of theft by the state

Railcard scam is nothing short of theft by the state

Last week, buying a ticket for my first rail journey in six months, I said to the kindly ticket clerk, ...
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Letter to The Times: Lack of resilience of today's railway

Letter to The Times: Lack of resilience of today’s railway

Sir. The collapse of the train services out of King’s Cross and Paddington after the announcement that the Hitachi trains ...
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Rail 930: Let's stop pretending you can impose capitalism on the railways

Rail 930: Let’s stop pretending you can impose capitalism on the railways

We are entering a period of Big Government. Indeed, we have been in one for the past year. Neoliberalism is ...
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Rail 929: WISPer it, the 30 year plan for the railways

Rail 929: WISPer it, the 30 year plan for the railways

Just in case there were not enough ‘initiatives’ being launched by his department,  Grant Shapps, the transport secretary decided a ...
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Let's spell it out: cars are a menace

Let’s spell it out: cars are a menace

By Christian Wolmar and Pearl Ahrens In terms of transport, the new post-pandemic normal is looking worse than the old ...
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Rail 928: It's the passengers who count

Rail 928: It’s the passengers who count

The future of rail has been rather a long time coming. The report on ‘Trains fit for the future’ published ...
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Rail 927: Cutting costs on the railways is not easy

Rail 927: Cutting costs on the railways is not easy

Let’s assume that ‘back to normal’ is, say, an 80 per cent railway. In other words, that the timetable will ...
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March 2021 Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter

Christian Wolmar's March newsletter: Anonymity is killing fair debate  Dear subscriber, The ferocity of the arguments over low traffic neighbourhoods ...
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High costs are damaging the potential for rail recovery

High costs are damaging the potential for rail recovery

One of the worst outcomes of the privatisation of the railways a quarter of a century ago is the failure ...
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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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