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Rail 985: Crisis, what crisis?

Rail 985: Crisis, what crisis?

When the new ministerial team at the Department for Transport took over after the brief interlude of the Truss premiership, ...
Rail 984: Reluctant renationalisation

Rail 984: Reluctant renationalisation

Well here’s an apparent paradox. The Conservative Secretary of State for Transport, Mark Harper has decided to effectively renationalise TransPennineExpress ...
Rail 983: Great British Railways pulled out of the hat?

Rail 983: Great British Railways pulled out of the hat?

There’s a bit of magic about Great British Railways. First it appeared out of the hat as a typical bit ...
Rail 982: Should HS2 be saved or scrapped?

Rail 982: Should HS2 be saved or scrapped?

I do not want to get into a ding dong over HS2 with my esteemed editor Nigel Harris and other ...
Rail 981: The missing transport policy

Rail 981: The missing transport policy

There was, once upon a time, the concept of a transport policy. Actually, as I wrote in my short book, ...
Rail 980: HS2 on the brink

Rail 980: HS2 on the brink

Euston is currently a disaster zone – in every sense. I admit this is a subjective view as I live ...
Rail 979: Could a Cyber attack stop Britain's railways?

Rail 979: Could a Cyber attack stop Britain’s railways?

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. That’s an old adage of some tabloid newspapers ...
Rail 978: Labour's plans for the railways are...

Rail 978: Labour’s plans for the railways are…

Masked by Keir Starmer’s speech setting out his plans for a Labour government, on the same day there was a ...
Rail 977: Sandwich joke masks thin gruel

Rail 977: Sandwich joke masks thin gruel

Perhaps it shouldn’t matter. Mark Harper, in his keynote speech, went for that old trope of mentioning British Rail sandwiches ...
Rail 976: Eurostar contradictions

Rail 976: Eurostar contradictions

We live in strange, indeed confusing times. In the wider political economy, we have a Chancellor of the Exchequer who ...
Rail 975: The secret negotiations over rail reform

Rail 975: The secret negotiations over rail reform

So what is happening in the Department for Transport while the railways steadily fall apart before our eyes to the ...
Rail 974: Optimism hard to find; and rail's big man

Rail 974: Optimism hard to find; and rail’s big man

Of necessity, a New Year requires a modicum of optimism. Having done 50 or more media interviews over the past ...
Rail 973: Rail's annus horribilis

Rail 973: Rail’s annus horribilis

This year, to borrow a timely term from our late Queen, has been the annus horribilis for the railways. Just ...
Rail 972: Pay and productivity issues must be separated

Rail 972: Pay and productivity issues must be separated

My second favourite statistic uncovered while researching my various books is that British Railways, during its 50 year history, shed ...
Rail 971: The train wins out over big tech

Rail 971: The train wins out over big tech

Time to take a breather away from the crazy hurly burly of the day to day railway and pause a ...
Rail 970: Harper's hard agenda

Rail 970: Harper’s hard agenda

To say we live in extraordinary times qualifies as understatement of the year. Consider the bald facts that we are ...
Rail 969: Ms Trevelyan's emollient tone

Rail 969: Ms Trevelyan’s emollient tone

(written in October and now already out of date!) At the time of writing, Anne-Marie Trevelyan is transport secretary and ...
Rail 968: HS2 future uncertain

Rail 968: HS2 future uncertain

(This was written before the Nov 17th announcement which appears to leave much HS2 spending intact though scepticism remains about ...
Rail 967: The slow death of Great British Railways

Rail 967: The slow death of Great British Railways

Great British Railways looks set to be stillborn. All the indications are that the legislation to create it promised by ...
rail 966: The Nobody Gives a Damn Railway phenomenon is all too prevalent

rail 966: The Nobody Gives a Damn Railway phenomenon is all too prevalent

I have been inundated with responses to my column in the last issue bemoaning the fact that levels service are ...
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