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Rail 859: How the Department for Transport messed up the Windermere branch

Rail 859: How the Department for Transport messed up the Windermere branch

‘This is the story of how to mess up a branch line’ said Alan Noble of the Lakes Line Rail ...
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Rail 858: Things aren't getting better

Rail 858: Things aren’t getting better

Things are getting worse. The railway is haemorrhaging passengers and the train companies, not surprisingly, are a dither. Talking to ...
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Rail 857: Is the Office of Rail and Road really necessary?

Rail 857: Is the Office of Rail and Road really necessary?

Is it time for another Wolmar question since ‘what is franchising for?’ will, I reckon, soon become redundant as the ...
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Rail 856: Rail industry struggles to find good news in Brexit

Rail 856: Rail industry struggles to find good news in Brexit

Business is finally stirring over Brexit. I have long been bemused by the failure of the CBI and other business ...
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Rail 855: Humpty Dumpty must be put back together

Rail 855: Humpty Dumpty must be put back together

Here’s a good start. I agree with Nigel Harris. He was right to say that this is the biggest crisis ...
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Rail 854: The franchising question comes up again

Rail 854: The franchising question comes up again

Readers, just allow me a little gloat. A short one, I promise, but indulge me. For more than a decade ...
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Rail 853: 'Hydrogen' Johnson makes it up as he goes along

Rail 853: ‘Hydrogen’ Johnson makes it up as he goes along

There is a constant refrain from my conversations with people in the railway industry managers or frontline staff about how ...
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Rail 852: The great rail sell-off should be stopped

Rail 852: The great rail sell-off should be stopped

  I have had lots of responses from readers about my article in Rail 849 about Network Rail selling off ...
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Rail 851:  The railways lose passengers while I lose my wallet

Rail 851: The railways lose passengers while I lose my wallet

One can almost hear the tunes of the Peter, Paul and Mary song: ‘Where have all the passengers gone? Long ...
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Rail 850: When will they come clean on HS2 costs?

Rail 850: When will they come clean on HS2 costs?

In writing my book on the story of Crossrail, my interviews with senior managers as well as the planners who ...
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Rail 849: Another potential rail scandal as short-termism wins out again

Rail 849: Another potential rail scandal as short-termism wins out again

When Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail, produced his review into railway overspending two years ago, he blithely recommended ...
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Rail 848: The scams that cost the railway dear

Rail 848: The scams that cost the railway dear

One of the great mysteries of the current structure of the railways is why does every piece of work, whether ...
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Rail 847: Get the Department out of the rail business

Rail 847: Get the Department out of the rail business

With Labour trying to work out its plans for renationalisation and the current system in a state of uncertainty given ...
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Rail 846: Wales - where the railways really matter

Rail 846: Wales – where the railways really matter

A few weeks ago I wrote that Scotland is very different from the rest of the UK in terms of ...
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Rail 845: Does Carillion collapse mark beginning of end for outsourcing?

Rail 845: Does Carillion collapse mark beginning of end for outsourcing?

Sometimes I could do with a twice weekly column to cover the rail industry properly, rather than one very two ...
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Rail 844: Mark Carne defends Network Rail's record

Rail 844: Mark Carne defends Network Rail’s record

Network Rail is changing. It has to. The national rail infrastructure company has had a rough few years with overspending ...
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Rail 843: Dark clouds over the rails for 2018

Rail 843: Dark clouds over the rails for 2018

The clamour for Mystic Wolmar to get out of the prediction business grows louder every year, but actually, while he ...
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Rail 842: The non-strategic strategy

Rail 842: The non-strategic strategy

Chris Grayling’s spin doctors deserve a big fat Christmas bonus. It was ever so clever merging a series of different ...
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Rail 841: Scotland alliance working well

Rail 841: Scotland alliance working well

Scotland is different. And is becoming more so, given the continued dominance of the SNP and the emphasis on devolution ...
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Rail 839: Sense of injustice in the North

Rail 839: Sense of injustice in the North

Trouble is brewing in the provinces. The sense of anger about the imbalance between spending on railway investment in London ...
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