Railways

Letters: the Tory party has gone mad

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Right is wrong Sir: Katy Balls’s article ‘Survival Plan’ (4 May) starts from a false premise. The problem is not…

Live the high life… in a mid rise

4 May 2024 9:00 am

How radically left-wing is Labour’s proposed ‘renationalisation’ of the railways? Though militant Mick Lynch of the RMT union ‘strongly welcomed…

When is a train strike not a train strike?

22 July 2023 9:00 am

The first LNER train I booked on Sunday from Durham to London was cancelled due to ‘action short of a…

Reasons to be cheerful? Yes, I think I see some

22 July 2023 9:00 am

‘Always be cheerful’ – a motto to which I’ll return in the final item – speaks to my natural demeanour.…

The case for ‘premium economy’ train carriages

29 October 2022 9:00 am

A few years ago I wrote here about the unexpected symbiosis between economy passengers and business travellers on commercial flights.…

I’ve written the perfect book

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I met a Canadian couple for lunch in Edinburgh. They were from Vancouver – he a judge, she an opera…

The pernicious creep of Big Nanny

21 May 2022 9:00 am

The creep of nannying announcements

Women-only train carriages insult us all

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Sooner or later, somewhere in the UK, we’ll have trains with women-only coaches. It’s an idea which keeps rolling around,…

Boris's rail betrayal is no surprise

19 November 2021 12:13 am

A promise made is merely a promise waiting to be broken. If events complicate life for all governments it is…

Who cares who runs the railways? We just want them to run on time

29 May 2021 9:00 am

The long-awaited review of the railways by former British Airways executive Keith Williams chugged past the platform of public debate…

How the Great British Bake Off inspired Great British Railways

29 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Why didn’t they call it Very British Railways?’ asked my husband. Unwittingly (as in most of his remarks), he had…

Hitting the buffers: The Passenger, by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz, reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

‘They’ll slowly undress us first and then kill us, so our clothes won’t get bloody and our banknotes won’t get…

Meet the woman who designed Britain's revolutionary road signs

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Laura Gascoigne meets Margaret Calvert, the designer who dragged British signposting into the modern era

Never mind the royals – the real national crisis is at John Lewis

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Asked to name British institutions they’d rather not see shaken to the foundations, many consumers would list the John Lewis…

The faded charm of the Isle of Wight

11 January 2020 9:00 am

I was worried my first trip to the Isle of Wight might be too late. These days, a holiday island…

What weather records were broken in 2019?

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Keeping it in the family A study by the Middle East Technical University claimed to prove that the pronounced chin…

Letters: civil servants have ruined our trains

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Travelling in discomfort Sir: I don’t agree with much of what Matthew Parris says these days, but he was spot…

I’m giving £200 to whoever can tell me who has made the nation’s buttocks ache

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Look out. Here comes a column banging on about something that, in the grand scheme of things, really doesn’t matter.…

Looking for a new idea? Try borrowing an old one

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Recently I suggested a new approach to commuter-train overcrowding. It simply involved reformulating the problem by accepting that not all…

The secret ingredient of successful seaside towns

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The real secret behind Margate’s revival isn’t so much the restored Dreamland amusement park, but the trains. A decade ago,…

There is a far better option than HS2 – and it already exists

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Just 48 hours before the conclusion of the Conservative leadership contest, Allan Cook, chairman of HS2, wrote to the government…

The man who changed the sound of radio

13 April 2019 9:00 am

He is said to ‘have changed the sound of speech radio’, not just by giving voice to those who until…

The China-Russia East Route pipeline under construction in 2017. At 3,968 km in length, it is designed to carry 38 billion cubic metres of natural gas from Russia’s Far East to Shanghai. [Getty]

China’s power grab steps up apace

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Five years ago President Xi Jinping gave a speech in Kazakhstan, launching the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’, a wildly ambitious…

Letters: Chinese investment in Africa is insidious and destructive

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Chinese burn Sir: Your leading article last week ended up saying ‘It is unrealistic to expect that we can achieve…