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Northern line extension begs questions

Northern line extension begs questions

One of the most curious aspects of the Autumn Statement was the fact that of the promised rail improvements, the ...
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The scandal of voodoo economics

The scandal of voodoo economics

The 'research' carried out to justify opposition to Westminster's new night time parking restrictions has got me so enraged that ...
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Marsham St muddle over fares

Marsham St muddle over fares

Justine Greening's attempt to soften the impact of the rail fares rise by reducing it to 1 per cent above ...
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Superhighway scheme needs rethinking

Superhighway scheme needs rethinking

After hearing of the terrible death of a second person at Bow within a few weeks on the cycle superhighway, ...
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Boris and Ken agree at last - shamefully

Boris and Ken agree at last – shamefully

Don't you just love to hate Westminster Council?  Britain's richest council which gave us the Lady Porter gerrymandering scandal has ...
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Hammond accounting methods did not make sense

Hammond accounting methods did not make sense

The conventional wisdom on Philip Hammond was the overused political cliche that he was a "safe pair of hands". The ...
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Will Greening be Greener

Will Greening be Greener

It was always likely that Philip Hammond, clearly seen as a Tory rising star, would get the first big job ...
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One million jobs claim is a disgrace

One million jobs claim is a disgrace

A few weeks ago I wrote in my Rail column (https://www.christianwolmar.co.uk/2011/08/rail-676-dishonest-arguments-by-both-pro-and-anti-hs2/)  about the dishonest arguments being pushed by both sides ...
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Heathwick idea a sign of desperation

Heathwick idea a sign of desperation

The Department for Transport has been leaking suggestions that a high speed rail link between Heathrow and Gatwick would improve ...
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Amtrak's clunky service needs reform

Amtrak’s clunky service needs reform

I'm back in America for a book promotion tour and yet again I am appalled at the inefficiency of Amtrak ...
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Chiltern's novel approach to first class

Chiltern’s novel approach to first class

Chiltern is launching its new 'Mainline' service between London and the West Midlands, with loco hauled stock, a simplified fare ...
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Boris bike extension still leaves big question

Boris bike extension still leaves big question

Boris Johnson has announced plans to extend the cycle hire scheme westwards as well as eastwards, and confirmed that Barclays ...
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IEA report mixes the good, the bad and the ugly

IEA report mixes the good, the bad and the ugly

There are good reasons and bad reasons to oppose - or indeed support - HS2. The report by the right ...
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Car culture rules in Fort William

Car culture rules in Fort William

I was at Fort William station with a couple of hours to spare on saturday after doing the 3 peaks ...
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The hollowness of the war on the motorist exposed

The hollowness of the war on the motorist exposed

There was an inadvertently hilarious piece in the Daily Mail - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2002906/Ever-dreamt-world-traffic-wardens.html - yesterday on the story of Aberystwyth which, ...
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Congestion zone madness

Congestion zone madness

TfL's claim that the traffic in the abolished western part of the congestion zone has not gone up as fast ...
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McNulty taken through the grinder

McNulty taken through the grinder

I blogged about the McNulty report yesterday for TSSA - http://www.tssajournal.com/blogs/christian-wolmar/dream-radical-approach-railways - and will be writing about it in my ...
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The difficulties of defending the railway

The difficulties of defending the railway

I have been on TV and radio on the story of the SWT ticket office clerk, Ian Faletto, who reportedly ...
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How train companies could learn about customer service

How train companies could learn about customer service

Memo to train companies: I have had several recent dealings to put my children on the car insurance with Direct ...
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St Pancras Renaissance blows it

St Pancras Renaissance blows it

I had tea at the much touted Midland hotel in St Pancras, now sadly renamed as the St Pancras Renaissance ...
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