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New trains now, not HS3 in the vague future

New trains now, not HS3 in the vague future

It will take more than the promise of a few faster trains in some distant decade to satisfy my friends ...
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Tour de France does little for the cycling cause

Tour de France does little for the cycling cause

As Le Grand Départ turns into Le Grand Au Revoir and the Tour de France cyclists and their huge accompanying ...
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Go on Ed, be brave and end franchising

Go on Ed, be brave and end franchising

Politicians sometimes need to be brave and this is one such moment for Ed Miliband over the future of the ...
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The answer is a simpler railway

The answer is a simpler railway

At the root of the problem over Network Rail's profligate tendencies, is the legacy of a rapid and radical privatisation ...
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At 150 years old, the Tube needs growth

At 150 years old, the Tube needs growth

The Underground is the least loved of British inventions, especially by its passengers at rush hour. It is used as ...
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Time to run trains on Boxing Day

Time to run trains on Boxing Day

It seems apt in this season of goodwill that for once the forces of labour and capital in the railway ...
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Rain is feeble excuse for rail chaos

Rain is feeble excuse for rail chaos

Yesterday we saw another addition to the long litany of railway excuses. “We are sorry for the fire caused by ...
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Ministers should be held to account

Ministers should be held to account

This was a train crash waiting to happen. The franchise process, an invention more suited for KFC than railways, has ...
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My manifesto to be mayor

My manifesto to be mayor

London is stuck in an intellectual traffic jam. When it comes to moving  millions of people around the metropolis each ...
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Branson battle highlights inadequacies of franchise system

Branson battle highlights inadequacies of franchise system

I almost feel sorry for Sir Richard Branson. Almost. Railways are an industry in which enterprise is constrained, from the ...
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Sorry Bradley, its road safety, not helmets, that's the issue

Sorry Bradley, its road safety, not helmets, that’s the issue

Gosh, Bradley, I hate to be on the other side of an argument with you but I have to be ...
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Transport a delight

Transport a delight

It must be tempting for the organisers of the London Olympics to do a Jim Callaghan: ‘Chaos, what chaos? ‘ ...
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NR needs to be more sensitive but leaves must be kept off the line

NR needs to be more sensitive but leaves must be kept off the line

Network Rail has brought out the fierce Amazonian tribesman in many of us. From Whitstable to the Wirral, the company ...
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Airport muddle highlights transport policy chaos

Airport muddle highlights transport policy chaos

The coalition seems to be on a kamikaze course when it comes to transport. Actually, that’s a tad unfair to ...
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HS2 case based on dodgy methodology

HS2 case based on dodgy methodology

Given the scale and cost of HS2, the case to build the line rests on remarkably shaky foundations. The government ...
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Passengers pay twice for rail journeys

Passengers pay twice for rail journeys

The British version of Le Grand Retour takes place today as everyone finally returns to work. But those commuting by ...
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Motorway crash makes 80 mph look foolhardy

Motorway crash makes 80 mph look foolhardy

The plan to raise motorway speed limits to 80 mph, launched to much acclaim at the Conservative Party Conference, does ...
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Hammond's fare gamble

Hammond’s fare gamble

The collective wail of commuters was almost audible at stations across the country when they discovered that their season tickets ...
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Fragmentation is the problem, not the solution

Fragmentation is the problem, not the solution

Here is a bold prediction about today’s report into cutting costs on the railways: whatever it finds, passengers will suffer ...
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Time to derail the crazy train

Time to derail the crazy train

Christian Wolmar Train companies are expecting 400,000 people to travel into London by train for the Royal Wedding, far more ...
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