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Rail 924: The robots are not coming that fast

Rail 924: The robots are not coming that fast

In the midst of all the chaos and uncertainty on the railways caused by the pandemic, it is surprising that ...
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Rail 923: In a logical world, peak fares would be abolished but....

Rail 923: In a logical world, peak fares would be abolished but….

One clear result of the Covid crisis is that we have to recognise that moving around more is not necessarily ...
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Rail 922: How to recreate a joined-up railway

Rail 922: How to recreate a joined-up railway

In recent weeks I have interviewed numerous ex-BR managers for my new book which is about the successes and failures ...
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Rail 921: The railways must adapt to survive

Rail 921: The railways must adapt to survive

Well not even Mystic Wolmar if he were a genius could have predicted the events of 2020. As I keep ...
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Rail 920: ORR focus on little used stations is an own goal

Rail 920: ORR focus on little used stations is an own goal

Lots of fun has been had over the past couple of weeks with Berney Arms, an obscure station in Norfolk ...
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Rail 919: Welsh report shows that building roads is not the only or best option

Rail 919: Welsh report shows that building roads is not the only or best option

Ever since the creation of a ministry of transport, just over a century ago, there has been a presumption of ...
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Rail 918: Why rail replacement services are so dreadful

Rail 918: Why rail replacement services are so dreadful

If there’s one phrase that deters people from trying to take a train, it is ‘a rail replacement service will ...
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Rail 917: Network Rail's not invented here syndrome

Rail 917: Network Rail’s not invented here syndrome

Network Rail has rediscovered research. One of the great losses to the industry at privatisation was the rapid sell-off and ...
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Rail 916: So that's why Crossrail was delayed...

Rail 916: So that’s why Crossrail was delayed…

Had it not been for the Covid-19 crisis, the further delays and extra costs of the Crossrail project would have ...
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Rail 915: So what were franchises for?

Rail 915: So what were franchises for?

So what were they for? The question ‘what is franchising for?’ which I have been asking for the past couple ...
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Rail 914: A crisis like we have never seen before

Rail 914: A crisis like we have never seen before

‘Crisis, what crisis?’ There are many people repeating the words that Jim Callaghan actually never used. These are the arguing ...
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Rail 913: Wrong way to try to prove that rail is safe

Rail 913: Wrong way to try to prove that rail is safe

Statistics are a big part of my business as a journalist. I love it when I can refer to the ...
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Rail 912: Accident highlights new danger for the railways

Rail 912: Accident highlights new danger for the railways

Of all the headline stories that become the subject of these columns, this is the one I have dreaded having ...
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Rail 911: Warning: cuts ahead

Rail 911: Warning: cuts ahead

The scene: Waterloo station, on Saturday, the first day of August. Time: noon. I have to negotiate a long funnel ...
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Treasury draws up cuts plan for the railways

Treasury draws up cuts plan for the railways

Devastating plans to mothball parts of the railway and drastically reduce services are being considered by the Treasury in the ...
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Rail 910: the campaign that the rail industry must run to save the railways

Rail 910: the campaign that the rail industry must run to save the railways

It is impossible to exaggerate the extent of the crisis that the railways are facing. Glib optimism that people will ...
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Rail 909: J'Accuse - the culprits wrecking the rail industry

Rail 909: J’Accuse – the culprits wrecking the rail industry

(With apologies to Émile Zola) A letter to Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Sir Permit me to set out how a ...
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Rail 908: The future is vertical...and the slavery myth

Rail 908: The future is vertical…and the slavery myth

Let’s look to the future for once, given that the present is so bleak. I will desist from pointing out, ...
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Rail 907: Muddled policy wrecking the railways

Rail 907: Muddled policy wrecking the railways

I am at risk of repeating myself. I would love to be writing about something other than the impact on ...
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Rail 906: The railways must stop telling people not to use them

Rail 906: The railways must stop telling people not to use them

Whatever happened to ALARP? That’s the safety principle by which the railway is supposed to function in relation to safety ...
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