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Rail 905: Risk assessment is key to future of the railways

Rail 905: Risk assessment is key to future of the railways

Boris Johnson’s speech to the nation on Sunday May 10th was rambly, incoherent and he failed dismally in his attempts ...
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Rail 904: Abnormal, the new normal

Rail 904: Abnormal, the new normal

We are now in the new normal of empty train stations, reduced timetables and injunctions to people not to take ...
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Rail 903: The new normal is totally abnormal

Rail 903: The new normal is totally abnormal

As a journalist for nigh on half a century, who has covered all kinds of extraordinary stories, big and small, ...
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Rail 902: The trains must be kept running - even empty

Rail 902: The trains must be kept running – even empty

We have found out what living in a sci-fi dystopia is like. Fortunately, the basic services such as water and ...
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Rail 901: Reaching into the unknown unknowns

Rail 901: Reaching into the unknown unknowns

Harold Macmillan used to say that what he was most worried about when Prime Minister were ‘events’ or, as Donald ...
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Rail 900: Has the franchising question been answered at last?

Rail 900: Has the franchising question been answered at last?

Things are too busy and exciting in the rail industry to spend the whole of this column looking back but ...
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Rail 899: HS2 arguments are fundamentally dishonest

Rail 899: HS2 arguments are fundamentally dishonest

One day there will be a superb book to be written about the shenanigans over the decision whether to build ...
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Rail 898: Beeching cuts are not going to be reversed

Rail 898: Beeching cuts are not going to be reversed

This is one of those rare times when the fact that this column has to be written nearly a week ...
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Rail 897: My love affair with Crossrail

Rail 897: My love affair with Crossrail

Here is the news: Crossrail is happening. Yes, of course it is late and the most recent announcement, which has ...
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Rail 896: A decade that was not all progress

Rail 896: A decade that was not all progress

The start of a new year, decade even, is obviously a time to both reflect on the past and to ...
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Rail 895: Brexit will be done, but what next? And Mumbai's amazing metro to be

Rail 895: Brexit will be done, but what next? And Mumbai’s amazing metro to be

So it’s over. Brexit is going to happen and the Conservatives will dominate politics for at least another four years ...
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Rail 894: Devolution brings new impetus to Welsh railways

Rail 894: Devolution brings new impetus to Welsh railways

Wales has often been the forgotten part of the UK, attracting little attention or media interest. That is well illustrated ...
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Rail 893: the unanswered questions on HS2

Rail 893: the unanswered questions on HS2

HS2 is the biggest infrastructure project ever to be built in this country. It is, too, controversial given the huge ...
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Rail 892: The holy grail of technology can be a barrier to investment

Rail 892: The holy grail of technology can be a barrier to investment

There are many ways to kill off projects and the Department for Transport is proving particularly adept at finding new ...
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Rail 891: It is not just big projects that are important - and the scandal of Gatwick Express

Rail 891: It is not just big projects that are important – and the scandal of Gatwick Express

The publication of the Rail Enhancement Pipeline attracted little media coverage which is generally focussed on the big projects, such ...
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Rail 890: Is Williams review groundhog day? ...and a brief look at Albania

Rail 890: Is Williams review groundhog day? …and a brief look at Albania

Sorry reader, it is difficult to avoid Brexit at the moment. I’ve just spent three days at the European Transport ...
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Rail 889: Renationalising the railways is a good idea, but not a panacea

Rail 889: Renationalising the railways is a good idea, but not a panacea

At one of the numerous Labour party conference fringe meetings on transport, a junior shadow transport minister said ‘Rail renationalisation ...
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Rail 888: The railway journey in history, a respite from Brexit

Rail 888: The railway journey in history, a respite from Brexit

Well dear reader, you deserve a break. So do I. We’ve all been inundated with Brexit,  Leavers, Remainers, Boris Johnson ...
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Rail 887: HS2 in danger

Rail 887: HS2 in danger

It had to happen. The biggest infrastructure project the UK has ever seen was never going to be nodded through ...
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Rail 886: Franchising is still with us - just

Rail 886: Franchising is still with us – just

Franchising is dead. Long live franchising! That seems to be the message from the unexpected announcement of the new deal ...
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