Railways

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…

The great British train wreck

1 September 2018 9:00 am

A couple of weeks ago I met David Grime and Alan Noble, members of the Lakes Line Rail User Group,…

Which town is most proud to be English?

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Ready for take-off? That Heathrow timeline in full: 1949 Labour government proposes an additional two runways for newly opened Heathrow…

Letters: Rod Liddle is wrong. I saw children shot dead in Gaza

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Desperation in Gaza Sir: I must respond to Rod Liddle’s opinion on Gaza (‘Why this deluded affection for the Palestinians?’,…

Big hitter: Pete Waterman

Pete Waterman on hits, HS2 and gay clubbing

16 December 2017 9:00 am

One of the members of the government’s HS2 Growth Taskforce is remembering the first time he went to a gay…

We’re all poorer for the loss of our small rail lines

2 December 2017 9:00 am

To me, the strange words ‘Marsh Gibbon’ once meant I was nearly home. My heart lifted as we creaked and…

Don’t believe the Tory grumbling: HS2 is on the way

21 May 2016 9:00 am

There’s a lot of negativity around HS2, and I sniff a Brexit connection. You might think Leave campaigners whose aim…

How they tried (and failed) to make ‘La Marseillaise’ nicer

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Friendly words England football fans sang ‘La Marseillaise’ in a friendly match at Wembley. The anthem has not always been…

Rail nationalisation: Jeremy Corbyn’s stupid flagship policy

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Amid all the excitement about David Cameron this week, I fear that Jeremy Corbyn’s first major policy announcement may have…

How many party leaders get nearly 60% in their membership vote? More than you’d think

19 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s their party Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership contest with 60% of the vote among four candidates in the…

‘Pleasures of a sea voyage’ from Three Men and a Bradshaw

Where are the green silk blinds of the once luxurious Metropolitan Line?

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Most current writers on railways don’t want to appear at all romantic lest they be shunted into the ‘trainspotter’ siding.…

Christine Lagarde didn’t create the Greek crisis. But she might not survive it

4 July 2015 9:00 am

The Greek drama took a turn few of us expected last week, when the world thought compromise was imminent. What…

Tallulah Bankhead — at home in louche Maidenhead

Oscar Wilde, Christine Keeler, Ivor Novello and Isambard Kingdom Brunel make unexpected companions on the Great Western

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Readers who have put in some time on the railways may remember the neat, brush-painted graffiti that appeared in 1974…

Won’t someone please unleash the challenger banks?

14 March 2015 9:00 am

In my Yorkshire town of Helmsley the NatWest branch, originally an outpost of Beckett & Co of Leeds, has closed…

Sorry, but trains can’t really replace welfare lines

9 August 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne proposed an attractive idea this week: that spending on state benefits should be diverted into new infrastructure in…