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Railways face the perfect storm

Railways face the perfect storm

“So, Mum/Dad, what are the railways for?” That is the question the UK rail industry will be dreading hearing in ...
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At least its a plan (sort of)

At least its a plan (sort of)

It is easy to characterise the scrapping of part of HS2 as yet another great Tory betrayal, and for the ...
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Letter to the Guardian: active oldies

Letter to the Guardian: active oldies

My very smug letter to the Guardian in response to one accusing us oldies of sitting on our butts all ...
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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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Johnson's HS2 bind

Johnson’s HS2 bind

December’s election result was both good and bad news for HS2. Boris Johnson is facing a dilemma over the project, ...
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Nick Faith obituary: the gentleman mischief maker

Nick Faith obituary: the gentleman mischief maker

The writer Nicholas Faith, who has died aged 85, was a gentleman mischief-maker. Courteous to a fault, he pursued those ...
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Why Sadiq must declare war on Westminster

Why Sadiq must declare war on Westminster

Westminster city council’s decision to block the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street threatens to undermine Sadiq Khan’s hopes of a legacy ...
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RMT disputes are not a return to the 1970s

RMT disputes are not a return to the 1970s

It’s all happening on the railways. A five day strike on Southern rail services, a walkout over a 2008 agreement ...
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Small can be beautiful for the railways

Small can be beautiful for the railways

Railways are all the rage. Passenger numbers are at their highest level since the 1920s and there is no sign ...
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John Hibbs, architect of bus deregulation, obituary

John Hibbs, architect of bus deregulation, obituary

John Hibbs, who has died aged 89, was known as the architect of bus deregulation in the UK. It was ...
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Trains not necessarily as environmentally friendly as railways claim

Trains not necessarily as environmentally friendly as railways claim

Transport is the most visible consumer of energy apart from heating. From planes soaring into the sky and heavy trains ...
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Rail fares become political

Rail fares become political

Governments used to be able to sneak through rail fare rises with barely a mention in the media. No longer ...
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Labour compromise on franchises will please no one

Labour compromise on franchises will please no one

Reports today suggest Labour is set to announce that it will allow parts of the rail network to come back ...
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Bob Crow obituary

Bob Crow obituary

Bob Crow, the leader of the RMT (the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers), who has died of ...
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Malaysia crash interest shows how safety has improved

Malaysia crash interest shows how safety has improved

The massive coverage given to the Malaysian air disaster highlights, paradoxically, the fact that air safety has improved remarkably in ...
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HS2 is one big punt

HS2 is one big punt

Let battle commence. The controversy so far over the building of the new north-south high-speed railway line, HS2, has been ...
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Chaos threatens boom on the railways

Chaos threatens boom on the railways

These are both the best of times and the worst of times for the railways. They are enjoying an unprecedented ...
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Robert Horton obit (add)

Robert Horton obit (add)

: Robert Horton played a crucial and controversial role in the privatisation of Britain’s railways in the mid 1990s and ...
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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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The slow death of British rail manufacturing

The slow death of British rail manufacturing

If you walk down the evocatively named Litchurch Lane to reach the Bombardier works in Derby, you can almost smell ...
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