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Letter to The Times: Crossrail does not take away money from the North

Letter to The Times: Crossrail does not take away money from the North

 Your leading article (“Digging Deep”, May 5) rightly celebrates the opening of what is a truly world-class railway. It took ...
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Letter to The Times: rail fares need sorting

Letter to The Times: rail fares need sorting

Sir, Clare Foges is right to highlight how trains could make a far bigger contribution to the net zero target ...
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Railcard scam is nothing short of theft by the state

Railcard scam is nothing short of theft by the state

Last week, buying a ticket for my first rail journey in six months, I said to the kindly ticket clerk, ...
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Letter to The Times: Lack of resilience of today's railway

Letter to The Times: Lack of resilience of today’s railway

Sir. The collapse of the train services out of King’s Cross and Paddington after the announcement that the Hitachi trains ...
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Treasury needs lesson in GCSE economics

Treasury needs lesson in GCSE economics

Every year, rail fares go up and every year, the proposed increase in fuel duty is shelved. This year was ...
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Times review of Cathedrals of Steam

Times review of Cathedrals of Steam

Review by Richard Godwin London has 14 railway termini, more than any other city in the world. It has no ...
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The privatisation that never was

The privatisation that never was

Let’s stop pretending that the railways were ever really privatised. When they were broken up into two main parts, the ...
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Letter to The Times: Cut the bureaucracy, open the lines now

Letter to The Times: Cut the bureaucracy, open the lines now

Sir, The process for reopening railway lines as currently set up is cumbersome and slow. It will take at least ...
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By acquiescing to impossible rules, the railways are killing themselves

By acquiescing to impossible rules, the railways are killing themselves

By trying to do the impossible, the railways are on a suicide mission. Trying to enforce social distancing while running ...
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Letter to The Times: HS2 is the wrong scheme

Letter to The Times: HS2 is the wrong scheme

I detect that, like me and indeed Boris Johnson, Danny Finkelstein instinctively wants to support HS2, but once he looked ...
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Letter to The Times: HS2 review must look at fundamental questions

Letter to The Times: HS2 review must look at fundamental questions

It is excellent news that the HS2 scheme is finally being subjected to a thorough analysis, including an examination of ...
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Letter to The Times: Extinction Rebellion demonstrates the benefits of pedestrianisation

Letter to The Times: Extinction Rebellion demonstrates the benefits of pedestrianisation

There has been much debate about the rights and wrongs of the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations but Londoners seem united on ...
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My (short) letter to The Times on franchising

My (short) letter to The Times on franchising

The row over pension funding highlights the impossibility of transferring real risks to the private sector. For its shareholders’ benefit, ...
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Letter to The Times on Driverless cars

Letter to The Times on Driverless cars

It is unclear where the push for driverless cars (News, Feb 6) is coming from. There is no public desire: ...
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Terry Morgan is not the problem for HS2

Terry Morgan is not the problem for HS2

The defenestration of Sir Terry Morgan, the chairman of HS2, has been as painfully slow as progress on the scheme ...
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Letter to The Times: Fix potholes but don't build new roads

Letter to The Times: Fix potholes but don’t build new roads

It is excellent that The Times is highlighting the nation’s difficulties with transport as it is a neglected area of policy. Fundamental ...
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Times letter: Heathrow decision inevitable following Brexit

Times letter: Heathrow decision inevitable following Brexit

Sir, Bad government begets bad government. Ironically it was David Cameron’s fatal decision to hold a referendum that has now ...
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Nationalise the Thameslink Southern franchise!

Nationalise the Thameslink Southern franchise!

Everyone hates Govia, the train company responsible for the strike-ridden Southern rail services. Passengers are at their wits’ end because ...
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Rail companies need stiffer penalties

Rail companies need stiffer penalties

The cattle have started mooing. The least surprising statistic of the year is the revelation by Transport Focus yesterday that ...
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Ski safari delights

Ski safari delights

It’s at dawn when I most appreciate this ski safari in the Dolomites. First, there is the pink sunrise through ...
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