Christian Says

Christian Says

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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A bluff that the train companies can only lose

A bluff that the train companies can only lose

There is a big game of bluff going on. The fact that all four bidders in the collapsed Great Western ...
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Wifi is not an add-on

Wifi is not an add-on

One of the stupidest things that TOCs are doing is charging for internet use. That's rather like asking for money ...
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Announcement madness

Announcement madness

I know this is slightly a hardy perennial, but last night's trip to Ashford International and back was the pits ...
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Transport disasters are mostly a thing of the past - fingers crossed

Transport disasters are mostly a thing of the past – fingers crossed

An intelligent feature in CityAM - http://www.cityam.com/forum/helicopter-tragedy-why-disasters-are-so-thankfully-rare#.UPfMmHaWffI.twitter - argues that disasters are few and far between. Indeed, yesterday's helicopter crash ...
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Oh, daddy, when did the London Underground open?

Oh, daddy, when did the London Underground open?

On Thursday, January 10, the London Underground is 150 years old. It is a fantastic milestone, the anniversary of the ...
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Enter Ms M at the Department

Enter Ms M at the Department

While most people have been celebrating with mince pies and Xmas crackers, the Department for Transport has been busy rearranging ...
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Cyclists can be the problem

Cyclists can be the problem

It is impossible to shirk away from the problem of problem cyclists. I can't claim to be 100 per cent ...
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Moscow at last

Moscow at last

The last couple of legs on the Transsiberian were not quite as exciting as the earlier ones. On the third ...
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Transsiberian - the prettiest section

Transsiberian – the prettiest section

The 450 km journey from Ulan Ude to Irkutsk oddly takes one from Asia to Europe. It is a beautiful ...
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The longest, biggest, greatest railway

The longest, biggest, greatest railway

It’s all about size. The Transsiberian is of course the longest railway in the world by far, but it’s big ...
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That end of the world feeling

That end of the world feeling

At the end of the world is Vladivostok, 5700 miles from Moscow and 11 time zones from London. The journey ...
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Laidlaw report suggests no answer to franchising dilemma

Laidlaw report suggests no answer to franchising dilemma

When ministers have digested the excellent Laidlaw report into the West Coast franchising fiasco, (at http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/laidlaw-report/laidlaw-report.pdf), there will be an ...
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Franchising and structure bound to be questioned

Franchising and structure bound to be questioned

The chaos over the West Coast bids is a direct result of the process and is bound to raise much ...
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America trip (2): San Francisco

America trip (2): San Francisco

San Francisco has every type of public transport. There are trams, an underground system – BART – heritage cable cars, ...
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