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Christian Says

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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Cycling announcement is dishonest spin

Cycling announcement is dishonest spin

To suggest that today's announcement of £148m over two years is the biggest cycling investment programme ever is both dishonest ...
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HS2 spending plan puts project at risk

HS2 spending plan puts project at risk

It's hardly surprising that the Spending Review announcement was seen as a good day to bury the bad news that ...
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NAO report raises all the right issues

NAO report raises all the right issues

On the scale of damning, the NAO report into HS2 is around 9 out of 10. Remember this is an ...
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HS2 exposes flaws in democratic process

HS2 exposes flaws in democratic process

The confirmation that HS2 will need a paving bill in order to be able to obtain funds for continued preparatory ...
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Franchise fiasco deepens

Franchise fiasco deepens

The Department for Transport bombarded me with several copies of the press release on franchising but that did not make ...
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