Transport

Train wreck: HS2 destroyed the countryside I love

7 October 2023 9:00 am

The countryside where I grew up has been destroyed by HS2

Just stop HS2!

12 August 2023 9:00 am

I have two suggestions for HS2. Either stop it or make it stop. The spiralling cost and delays are reason enough…

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…

As seductive as Chagall: Sarah Sze’s The Waiting Room reviewed

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Exiting Peckham Rye station, you’re not aware of it, but standing on the platform you can see a mansard roof…

The hidden benefits of smart motorways

1 October 2022 9:00 am

In 2015, Holborn Underground station was suffering from serious overcrowding at peak hours, with a bottleneck forming in the space…

The authoritarianism of British Transport Police

4 August 2022 1:58 am

When our freedoms are being taken away we are like the proverbial frog boiled alive in water where the temperature…

The rail strikes could be the end of the line for Boris

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Here I go again, in my occasional role as your intrepid transport correspondent. Last week I reported on airport chaos,…

Why sat navs are a conversation killer

28 May 2022 9:00 am

When my daughters learned to drive, I suggested they take their tests in automatics as driving manual cars would soon…

The strangeness of station names

28 May 2022 9:00 am

In Kyiv they have voted to changethe names of some metro stations. Heroes of the Dnieper is to become Heroes…

Is the Elizabeth line worth the cost?

28 May 2022 9:00 am

It’s 8.16 on Tuesday morning and I’m actually writing this on a moving Elizabeth line train. Moving in the sense…

The pernicious creep of Big Nanny

21 May 2022 9:00 am

The creep of nannying announcements

My solution to unfair traffic fines

14 May 2022 9:00 am

My driveway now lies in the middle of an ‘Average Speed Check Zone’. It’s a wonderful arrangement – for me…

How controversial was Basic Instinct?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Stone me Boris Johnson threatened to unleash the ‘terrors of the Earth’ on an unidentified Tory MP who claimed that…

How do Russian and Ukrainian military forces measure up?

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Facing the music Police in New Zealand played Barry Manilow records to truck drivers in an attempt to persuade them…

My horse is allergic to beige carpet

16 October 2021 9:00 am

The horse lorry arrived and lowered its ramp — and I stood in front of it knowing that my thoroughbred…

E-everything is heading your way

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Trends in New York City tend to foretell trends in London, whose fashions in turn set the pace for smaller…

Where in the world will you find the cheapest petrol?

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Whole-life sentences How many prisoners are serving whole-life sentences? — There are currently 74 prisoners in prison with whole-life tariffs;…

Taking charge: it’s time to buy an electric car

5 June 2021 9:00 am

As a wise colleague once said: ‘Yesterday is a great time to buy a computer, because you have already enjoyed…

Which countries still haven’t had a single case of Covid?

6 March 2021 9:00 am

French lessons France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in jail, with two of them suspended, for…

The war on cars is backfiring

6 March 2021 9:00 am

For most London-based politicians, there’s a threat that’s worse than Covid. You’ll begin to notice it as we ease out…

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

The case for road rationing

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Here’s the quandary. How in future can we make the kind of rapid advances we have made during the Covid…

taxi

Taxi cabs are New York’s right-wing safe spaces on wheels

3 August 2020 1:55 am

Conservatives in a place like New York — squirming daily beneath the iron heel of a newly hawkish progressive minority…

Should we all be alarmed by Boris?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Back when Boris Johnson was editor of this magazine and MP for Henley, I was with him at a Tory…

Why HS2 doesn’t stand up to the test of time

2 February 2019 9:00 am

In past years, I have been a critic of HS2. I might now change my mind. One simple tweak might…