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Richmond blog #3: Remembering my dad on Remembrance Day

Richmond blog #3: Remembering my dad on Remembrance Day

I was humbled to be invited to mark Remembrance Day in Richmond. It was a moving occasion highlighted, perhaps, by ...
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Richmond blog #2: Libdems confusion on Brexit

Richmond blog #2: Libdems confusion on Brexit

Brexit is the key issue in this election – not, as expected Heathrow. And the Lib Dems have kept changing ...
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Richmond blog #1: On the stump

Richmond blog #1: On the stump

This is the first of daily blogs I will be producing between now and December 1st, the date of the ...
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Rail 812: A capital dilemma

Rail 812: A capital dilemma

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks deeply immersed in writing a chapter for my book on Indian railways on ...
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Rail 801: The contradictions of competition

Rail 801: The contradictions of competition

Competition is the cuckoo in the franchising nest. One of the key drivers behind rail privatisation was the desire to ...
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Be brave - an open letter to the mayoral candidates and local councillors

Be brave – an open letter to the mayoral candidates and local councillors

Jogging through Tufnell Park this morning, I was struck by the stream of cyclists along Dalmeny Road, a short cut ...
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Burying mediocre news

Burying mediocre news

Among several dozen documents released just before the recess, the Department put out its 'road safety' strategy. It is, of course, ...
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Ten years of my website

Ten years of my website

It's been ten years since a young student called Mike, who had an interest in my work and was producing ...
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Maglev, still not taking off after 10 years

Maglev, still not taking off after 10 years

I am often asked about Maglev and whether it is the technology of the future. So it was fascinating to ...
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Cycling Crossrail must be supported, warts and all

Cycling Crossrail must be supported, warts and all

It is, according to sources in Transport for London, an out and out war. The battleground is the plan for ...
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Driverless car myths

Driverless car myths

Driverless cars are, at last, attracting the attention that they deserve. For a long time they have been perceived as ...
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Crazy merry go round goes on

Crazy merry go round goes on

The news that Network Rail is paying a £53.1m fine for underperformance on punctuality highlights, yet again, the daft nature ...
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Network Rail points the way

Network Rail points the way

Network Rail's chairman, Richard Parry-Jones, has just said something which is of such significance that I wonder if it will ...
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Cost of new bus threatens London services

Cost of new bus threatens London services

The huge extra cost to Londoners of the ‘new bus for London’ is posing a threat to bus services. The ...
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Tube strike is a lesson in transport economics

Tube strike is a lesson in transport economics

The chaos on the roads in London was worse than I have seen in many years. The hold-ups were much ...
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Where's the enthusiasm for reprivatisation

Where’s the enthusiasm for reprivatisation

The surprise announcement that there are only three bidders shortlisted for the controversial East Coast franchise suggests that the Department ...
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First class distraction from fares rises

First class distraction from fares rises

The Daily Mail, the Tory house paper, splashes on plans by ministers to transform first class coaches into standard ones ...
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Railways are back on the government's books

Railways are back on the government’s books

The news, slipped out just before Xmas, that Network Rail’s debt will simply be lumped in with the government’s in ...
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Cycling tragedies require a rapid response

Cycling tragedies require a rapid response

The spate of five cyclists being killed within the past fortnight on London's streets demands an urgent respone. As I ...
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East Coast set to remain in the public sector (sort of)

East Coast set to remain in the public sector (sort of)

There are some stories in the modern railway that you could not make up because they would be too far-fetched ...
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