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Air - Concorde
So long, Concorde  
Some thoughts on Airbus, aircraft safety, and on the retirement of Concorde  
Virgin Concorde  
The Concorde Story - Channel 5  
End of Concorde Watch - Part I  
Farewells to Concorde  
A stupid question?  
Brian's Culture Blog turns into Transport Blog  

Air - Low Cost Airlines
Transport Blog Quote of the Day  
The story of how discount airlines have finally arrived in Australia, although imperfectly and late.  

Air General
A Libertarian Transport Manifesto  
Cuttings - Air  
International aviation rights and non-free markets  

Air Miscellany
Airport Landing Rights  
Compulsory Purchase - an update  
More on Amtrak (Part II)  
Cuttings - Air  
Praise be to More Room  
On mobile communication  
Regulator gives BAA hard landing  
Surfing at 30,000ft  
Cheap flights are taking off  
How air miles work  
Sonic Cruiser cancelled  
The property barons of the English Riviera  
Noise Abatement Kills  
What's cruel about that?  
You'll like it … unless it's Lot  
More food for thought  
Flying to the south of France and back  
The joy of privatised airports  
The price of vigilance  
NudeJet  
Not so naked  
Branson the patriot  
Scottish air services  
European Union Announcement: Flight Compensation  
In the news  
In the news  
Cargo class  
Behind the scenes  
Boeing phases out the 757  
Ryanair boobs  
The Wright Brothers and the secret of active control systems  
The spirit of Kittyhawk  
Jennings on airline regulation at Samizdata – and a prophetic link  
HardJet  
Godair  
Presidential Travels  
Another giant leap for SpaceShipOne  
Fan Wing  
Richard Branson and the world of tomorrow  
Here come the flying cars!  

Air Safety
Somes thoughts on the Comet disaster  
Some Stelios quotes  
Don't fly Air New Zealand  
Twin engine planes and Euro/American politics.  
Some thoughts on Airbus, aircraft safety, and on the retirement of Concorde  
Nakedness and drugs as solutions to air travel problems  
Aircraft safety over the years  
Part of the price of airplane security  
Comparative safety statistics  
Safety is dangerous  
Why safe trains (and planes) make commercial sense  
TV Alert - "Should I worry about…"  
Dangerous airlines  

Air Traffic Control
Air Traffic Control  
In the news  
Cuttings File  
The NATS crisis  

Airline Seating
Airline Seats  
Fat flyers  
Deep Vein Thrombosis  
DVT - an update  
DVT victims lose fight with airlines  
The right to decline  

Airlines UK
British Airways Goes Budget  
Should we fear the EasyJet/Go Merger?  
What a Day  
Stelios on Radio 4  
Cuttings File  
Some Stelios quotes  
In defence of low-cost airlines  
The Aussie who saved our flag  
Why I am in favour of flexible fares  
More Virgin misery  
Ryanair buys Buzz  
EU refund threatens air fares  
Scottish Airlines  
Low-cost update  
Bad Service  
In the news  
In the news  
British Airways strike at Heathrow  
Ryanair loses its subsidies  
EasyJet 'set to overtake BA'  
News Round up 6/12/03  

Airport Expansion
Flights to London to double  
Cuttings File  
Pollution Control - libertarian style  
Compulsory Purchase - a justified grumble  
On the environment  
Misuses of the English Language #2: the Environment  
How not to control pollution  
England's new first airport  
Compensation?  
Scottish Airports  
Regulator gives BAA hard landing  
Why London won't be getting a new airport  
Scottish rivalry  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
ASI aviation power breakfast  
The cost of tarmac  
London’s new runways  

Alistair Darling
Cuttings File  
Mr Darling, what are you doing about the traffic?  
Utter futility  
30-40 years of underinvestment  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
There's no more money  

Best of Transport Blog
The Japanese System  
A Short Note On The Structure Of The UK Railway  
Book Review - Christian Wolmar "Broken Rails: How Privatisation Wrecked Britain's Railways"  
Book Review - Don Riley "Taken for a Ride"  
Abolish the Ministry of Transport  
On Being Stunned By The Central Japan Railway Company Data Book 2001  
But Passenger Numbers Have Gone Up!  
The Central Railway  
Can You Build A Railway (Or Road) Without Compulsory Purchase?  
A Libertarian Transport Manifesto  
Why Rail Privatisation has failed  
Are buses and cars compatible?  
High fares are good for you  
Pollution Control - libertarian style  
Misuses of the English Language #1: Privatisation  
Have rail fares gone up since privatisation?  
Higher fares are good for you - an update  
No to public enquiries  
No, you can't have a seat  
What's wrong with stations?  
Don't part 20/7834  
On mobile communication  
KISS  
0830 Shinagawa Station  
The Keio Electric Railway  
The Tokyo Subway  
My favourite journey  
On calling Talk Sport  
No to disabled rights  
Free the fares  
Why we will never run out of oil.  
Why drive? The race is on  
Boiling frog syndrome  
Egham Station – on the changing nature over the years of platform announcements – one remarkable announcement – a happy Virgin customer – reflections on other businesses at railway stations  
Swiss Railways  
Let it snow  
Where will Ken's Congestion Charging scheme take us  
The next station was not Virginia Water  
On the niceness of some London walks and the boringness of other London walks  
Clapham Junction – more queueing angst  
A world in a grain of sand  
More on Trains in New South Wales  
Property Development and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link  
On the new Rolls-Royce Phantom (which exists) and on Rolls-Royce transport (which doesn't)  
Why (and When) are There Three Classes?  
Happy Blirgday to me!  
Eurostar Copies Discount Airline Fare Structure.  
The UK Transport System, Can it be Fixed?  
On the aesthetics and economics of car parks  
On privatising roads  
I want private roads  
Book Review - Separation Philosphy of the European Union - Blessing or Curse? by Carlo Pfund  
Twin engine planes and Euro/American politics.  
Improvements in Tunneling technology  
Japanese Private Railway Companies and Their Business Diversification by Takahiko Saito  
CrozierRail Part II - Crime  
Brief Thoughts on the Paris Metro (especially the new line 14)  
Some thoughts on Airbus, aircraft safety, and on the retirement of Concorde  
The 150mph road  
It's not the speed cameras that are to blame - it's the law  
The spirit of Kittyhawk  
International aviation rights and non-free markets  
Driving a car does not make you a libertarian. Taking the train does not make you a socialist  
Safety is not the only thing  
Comparative safety statistics  

Blogging
Unsatisfied Customer  
Links  
UK Transport Extra  
What's new  
Praise be to More Room  
Just to let you know...  
Blogging will be light over  
Comments  
The move  
New Writer  
Categories  
Posting will be light...  
Blogging has been light...  
Happy Blirgday to me!  
A few changes  
What is this blog for?  
A warm welcome to...  
New Category page  
A year in the life of Transport Blog  
Slow posting  
In Brief  
Transport Blog is …  
Change to comments  
Trans-atlantic transport blogger meet up  
Introducing Bloglines  
A couple of new writers  
A short note on comments  
Do we talk about Modern Railways on Transport Blog?  
Recent comments and updates  
Wikipedia  
More on Bloglines  
All change. This blog terminates here  

Book Review
Book Review - Christian Wolmar "Broken Rails: How Privatisation Wrecked Britain's Railways"  
Book Review - Don Riley "Taken for a Ride"  
Book Review - Separation Philosphy of the European Union - Blessing or Curse? by Carlo Pfund  

Brians Odyssey
In which I purchase my tickets for my journey  
In which I proceed to Clapham Junction – some reflections upon the peculiar nature of that station – on to Egham  
In which - having failed to get a taxi and having then found no assistance at a bus stop - I walk in the rain from Egham station to my mother's home  
In which my brother gives me a lift to Egham station – we converse about the future of the Conservative Party  
Egham Station – on the changing nature over the years of platform announcements – one remarkable announcement – a happy Virgin customer – reflections on other businesses at railway stations  
The next station was not Virginia Water  
On the niceness of some London walks and the boringness of other London walks  
Clapham Junction – more queueing angst  

British Rail Privatisation
A Short Note On The Structure Of The UK Railway  
Book Review - Christian Wolmar "Broken Rails: How Privatisation Wrecked Britain's Railways"  
British Rail Privatisation: What Went Wrong?  
But Passenger Numbers Have Gone Up!  
Nationalisation is NOT the Answer  
The public control fallacy  
Why Rail Privatisation has failed  
Cuttings File  
Misuses of the English Language #1: Privatisation  
Have rail fares gone up since privatisation?  
Higher fares are good for you - an update  
It has nothing to do with privatisation  
Have rail fares gone up...? - an update  
On Markets  
Why British rail privatisation failed  
The Structure of the UK railway  
On calling Talk Sport  
Ross Clark  
Book Review - Separation Philosphy of the European Union - Blessing or Curse? by Carlo Pfund  
It just gets worse  
Railway subsidy  
Virgin Concorde  
In the news  
A real person writes  
Adrian Vaughan replies  
The ASI's dilemma  
British Rail Privatisation defended  
Dare we think it? Could things actually be getting better?  
LRT on British Rail privatisation  
Tories: we were wrong on rail  
News Round up 14/06/03  
A minister talks sense  

Buses and Jitneys
The car share to nowhere  
Billions of Blue Blistering Bendy Buses  
Public transport is hell&8230;  
Public transport is hell...  
Buses, passengers and privatisation  
Bus Accident  
Buses and poverty  
How can you lose money on London buses?  
It's time to put these grey freeloaders off the bus  
Truth in advertising  
Creeps and Weirdos  
News stories  
In the news  
Wires in the sky  
Jitneys in Siberia  
Jitneys to return  
Dealing with bus yobs in the olden days  
Keep those buses rolling.  
Curb rights  
Megabus versus EasyBus  
News Round up 14/06/03  
They are here  
The trouble with buses  
All buses are not the same  
London Buses messes up a change in ticketing.  
Broken machines, broken systems  
So, you want to do something about buses, eh?  
In a world of privatised roads, the road owners will run the buses  
John Hibbs and bus deregulation  
More bus ticket rip-offs in London  

Byers Affair
What a Day  
L'Affaire Byers  
Byers resigns!  
L'affaire Sixsmith  
Cuttings File  
Cuttings - The Byers Affair  

Channel Tunnel
What the Victorians did for us  
Correction  
Eurotunnel debt refinancing  
Interesting Articles  
Eurotunnel - an addendum  
Channel Railway Tunnel "A Practical Possibility"  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
The nuclear option when negotiating the price of new infrastructure  

Channel Tunnel Rail Link
Bad News is Good News  
£3bn is a Lot Of Money  
New Links  
Interesting Articles  
Channel Tunnel Rail Link  
Channel Tunnel Rail Link - coming soon  
Property Development and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link  
Channel rail link cost leaps to £9 billion  
In the news  

Christian Wolmar
Book Review - Christian Wolmar "Broken Rails: How Privatisation Wrecked Britain's Railways"  
Dutch Railways and the Nature of Private Enterprise  
Wolmar Replies  
Reply to Wolmar - or why subsidy is bad news  
On the environment  
LBC after the crash  
Central Line crash: The truth  
The two big transport stories are two of the biggest stories today  
In the news  
Christian Wolmar has a website  

Compulsory Purchase
Can You Build A Railway (Or Road) Without Compulsory Purchase?  
Compulsory Purchase - an update  
A Libertarian Transport Manifesto  
Stuff from the Ludwig von Mises Institute and elsewhere  
Compulsory Purchase - a justified grumble  
Compulsory Purchase - oh no, not again  
Railways, social goods and compulsory purchase  
Compulsory Purchase VII  
Compulsory Purchase in Japan  
The "hold out" problem. A possible solution using the very minimum amount of force possible  

Connex
The Crisis at Connex  
Apologies Connex  
No, you can't have a seat  
Goodbye Connex  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
German Railways  

Corporate Manslaughter
On Corporate Manslaughter  
Corporate Manslaughter - An Addendum  
Fresh bid to remove crash  
Cuttings File  
Corporate killing law 'will create climate of fear'  
In the news  
In the news  

Crossrail
Book Review - Don Riley "Taken for a Ride"  
Rail - General  
The Tokyo Subway  
CrossRail - enter the capitalists  
Confused? You will be  
CrossRail - Enter the Capitalists Part II  
In the news  
"In principle"  
In the news  
In the news  
Correction - Crossrail  

CrozierRail
CrozierRail Part I - Tickets and Stations  
A competitor for CrozierRail?  
CrozierRail Part II - Crime  

Cycling
On helmets for cyclists  
Lycra louts  
A motorbike with 48 cylinders and a 4200cc engine  
Should trains carry bikes?  

European Union
Wolmar Replies  
Is it the EU's fault?  
It's all the EU's fault (again)  
How not to control pollution  
Holland isn't perfect - shock  
Fragmentation - it's going to get worse  
EU refund threatens air fares  
ICE v TGV  
Book Review - Separation Philosphy of the European Union - Blessing or Curse? by Carlo Pfund  
German railways  
EU axe hovers over islands' lifeline  
European Union Announcement: Flight Compensation  
In the news  
Ryanair loses its subsidies  

Eurostar
Long distance trains don't make sense  
Eurostar Copies Discount Airline Fare Structure.  
Cured of Eurostar  

Fallacies
The public control fallacy  
The "No shareholders means more being spent" fallacy  
Why we will never run out of oil.  
The "state must fund rail because otherwise the roads would be clogged" fallacy  

Fares and Ticketing
Fare Hike Threatened  
High Fares are Good for you - ultimately  
The Octopus Card  
Cuttings File  
High fares are good for you  
Have rail fares gone up since privatisation?  
Higher fares are good for you - an update  
Have rail fares gone up...? - an update  
No, you can't have a seat  
0830 Shinagawa Station  
Alice in Blunderland  
Why I am in favour of flexible fares  
On the roads  
Free the fares  
In which I purchase my tickets for my journey  
EU refund threatens air fares  
Eurostar Copies Discount Airline Fare Structure.  
Flying to the south of France and back  
Fares to rise after congestion charge success  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
Scotrail  
Bitch?  
The House of Commons Transport Select Committee - Seventh Report - Overcrowding  
News Round up 14/06/03  
Why are Japanese trains so overcrowded?  
Could (and should) "rights" be auctioned off?  
London Buses messes up a change in ticketing.  

Fragmentation
Book Review - Christian Wolmar "Broken Rails: How Privatisation Wrecked Britain's Railways"  
Some More On Vertical Integration  
Poor Old Anglia  
Dutch Railways and the Nature of Private Enterprise  
Wolmar Replies  
Fresh bid to remove crash  
The IoD gets it right - and wrong  
More thoughts on vertical integration  
Why Rail Privatisation has failed  
Cuttings File  
It has nothing to do with privatisation  
Have rail fares gone up...? - an update  
The railway's tragedy  
Adrian Shooter at the RAC  
METRA  
More on Metra  
Maintenance costs  
Network Rail reduces role for contractors  
Boiling frog syndrome  
Fragmentation - it's going to get worse  
Book Review - Separation Philosphy of the European Union - Blessing or Curse? by Carlo Pfund  
German railways  
The overnight descent from goodness to badness  
30-40 years of underinvestment  
In the news  
Train misses stops  
A real person writes  
The London blackout  
Eye on what ball?  
Trains can't stop - or can they?  
Why the claim that rail re-integration would damage cross-country businesses should be ignored  
Vertical fragmentation of the railways doesn't work  
Why don't fragmented railways work? - A conjecture  
More on Coase and railways  

Frivolity
UK railways reclassified as "weapons of mass destruction"  
Tee hee hee  
Utter futility  
Gray Davis re-election poster...  
Ways of making your train journey ever, ever so slightly less dull  
Transport Blog Quote of the Day  
From now on Wagon Wheels will mean square wheels  
Getting around, the Chinese way. Part I: How to drive.  

General Points (not just transport)
Safety is Dangerous  
The dynamics of the relationship between the state and free enterprise  
Air Traffic Control  
That Transport Plan  
L'affaire Sixsmith  
Rules, rules and less rules  
Reply to Wolmar - or why subsidy is bad news  
The "No shareholders means more being spent" fallacy  
Don't part 20/7834  
Conservative safety fascists  
No to disabled rights  
On risk  
A world in a grain of sand  
The London Junto  
Transport adviser faces axe for taking ministers to task  
Railways against racism  
Branson the patriot  
Attacked in the street? Don't call a cop. Call a cab.  
The hockey-stick model of state intervention  
Fact fights are pointless  
Do facts matter in political arguments?  
Safety is not the only thing  
Why free markets tend to produce good results  
Profit is a pretty good indicator of whether something is worth doing or not  
More on Coase and railways  

Glossary
Mark II coaching stock  
Hatfield Crash - the crash that stopped Britain  
Great North Eastern Railway (GNER)  

HSE
Corporate Manslaughter - An Addendum  
Fresh bid to remove crash  
More safety nonsense  
Cuttings File  
Scandal  
The Safety Executive is bad for your health  
The HSE's at it again  
How not to argue against safety fascism  
Hatfield Crash - the crash that stopped Britain  

Industrial Relations
Mr Blair's Black Day  
The State Always Gets Screwed...  
Cuttings File  
The Glasgow Underground  
Tube workers suspend strikes  
Strikes are down  
Guards hide rather than sell tickets, says rail firm  
In the news  
News Round up 6/12/03  

Inter-modal Competition
British Airways Goes Budget  
One of this morning's reports  
Long distance trains don't make sense  
Are buses and cars compatible?  
Cuttings File  
Tolls in Sydney  
Motorway travel times 30pc up on 1998  
Global Warming and Railways  
The father of the Tube speaks  
Trains vs Planes in the US  
Road v. Rail - which is the more efficient  
A visit to London  
Cured of Eurostar  
In the news  
Rapid transit in Cambridgeshire  
Bus or Train - which is best?  
Bus v Tram in Ottawa  
Plane and Car v The Train  
Clarkson’s Great Race – and why frequency is often more important than speed  
Whether frequency, speed, or something else is important depends upon the circumstances.  
National Express puts the boot in and some thoughts about travel in the libertarian Utopia  

Links
Beyond Brilliance  
Welcome to Commuterland  
Live from the Third Rail is the real deal  
iGreens  
Peter Gordon's Blog  
Christian Wolmar has a website  
Joyce's World of Transport Eclectica  

London Congestion Charging
Congestion Charging  
Ken's Cunning Car Plan  
In Support of Congestion Charging  
Take me to the supply side, Comrade Ken  
What a Day  
Good article by Adriana Cronin  
Congestion Charging: Good for the rich and bad for the poor?  
Congestion Charging: some real losers  
Cuttings File  
Road pricing and job flexibility  
What is happening on London's roads?  
Red Ken's London is about to grind to a halt  
BT faces £1m congestion bill  
London traffic speeds  
London Traffic speeds  
Congestion charge get arounds  
Congestion charge scheme will make £28m for Capita  
Congestion Charge Chaos  
London traffic in decline  
Where will Ken's Congestion Charging scheme take us  
Congestion Charge Q&A  
Blair clocks up congestion zone fine  
A Congestion Charge surprise  
How can you lose money on London buses?  
Delays as drivers skirt congestion zone  
The Madness of Red Ken  
London is going bust, and Livingstone is triumphant  
How car cloners are beating congestion charge  
Congestion Charging: A Survey  
Is congestion charging killing London?  
Mellor on the Congestion Charge  
Congestion pricing a monopolist's dream?  
Fares to rise after congestion charge success  
News stories  
In the news  
Congestion charge doomed?  
Congestion Charge being discussed in Sydney  
Congestion charge confusion  
Congestion Charging 6 Months On  
What do you have to do to get noticed in this country?  
The Congestion Charge: success or failure?  
Successful appeals against London congestion charge penalty notices  

London Underground
For Heaven's Sake  
Book Review - Don Riley "Taken for a Ride"  
Tom Burroughes lets the London  
Rush-hour chaos as Circle line  
What a Day  
Will Self in the Standard  
Cuttings File  
Strike!  
The Tokyo Subway  
Tube workers suspend strikes  
The father of the Tube speaks  
No, London can't host the Olympics  
The world's first underground  
LBC after the crash  
The crash - what the TV says  
Driver 'on mobile' missed platform  
The tunnels of Tokyo (and London)  
Central Line crash: The truth  
Chancery Lane enquiry  
News stories  
Negative externalities  
A new tube torture  
In the news  
London Underground train derailment  
Another London Underground derailment  
Tube workers sacked over alcohol find in staff room  
Tubehead  
London is doomed … doomed …  
Lost and found – but not yet back in my possession  
The way underground stations ought to be  

LU PPP
The State Always Gets Screwed...  
Bad News is Good News  
What a Day  
Fresh bid to remove crash  
Will Self Takedown  
Cuttings File  
PPP  
Christian Wolmar on PPP  
In the news  
Solent on Livingstone on PPP  

Maintenance Contractors
Cuttings File  
Network Rail reduces role for contractors  
Network Rail takes repairs in-house  
How did they do rail maintenance in the past?  

Media
Accentuate the Negative, Disregard the Positive  
Bullshit Alert  
A passenger - manager exchange  
Roads and trains – Dimbleby last Sunday  
The crash - what the TV says  
So, how good was the railway a 100 years ago?  
Some howlers in the Sunday Times  
TV Alert - Ultimate Trains  

Misuse of the English Language
Misuses of the English Language #1: Privatisation  
Misuses of the English Language #2: the Environment  
Congestion charging - just do it!  
Misuses of the English Language #3: Sprawl  

Monopolies
Just How Bad is a Monopoly?  
Should we fear the EasyJet/Go Merger?  
Fragmentation - it's going to get worse  
Ryanair buys Buzz  
What do you mean by a monopoly?  
Having said there is no such thing as a monopoly...  
A real person writes  

Nationalisation
More Guardian Lunacy  
Fresh bid to remove crash  
Nationalisation is NOT the Answer  
The dynamics of the relationship between the state and free enterprise  
Bad railways? Blame it on the 1950s  
Metrocard  
The "No shareholders means more being spent" fallacy  
Natalie Solent quotes from the  
It has nothing to do with privatisation  
Tim Hall writes  
Mussolini did not make the trains run on time  
Don't fly Air New Zealand  
British Rail nationalisation  
Ross Clark  
The crash - what the TV says  
Trains in New South Wales  

New Trains
Mr Blair's Black Day  
Cuttings File  
Virgin forced to replace new trains with old  
New trains are no match for reliable 1960s 'workhorse'  
"In principle"  
Wires in the sky  
In the news  
News Round up 6/12/03  
News Round up 14/06/03  
Shanghai Maglev!  
Superconductive Maglev!  
The cost of rolling stock  
Why I don't like the Pendolino  
Why is the Pendolino so bad?  

Other
Here's a question...  
Transports of Delight - we have an answer  
Eh?  
You can click the photos...  
Crozier speaks  
On calling Talk Sport  
A Malaysian Mystery  
Change of topic  
An "utter revolution" in bridge technology (but what's a cable stayed bridge?)  
Of cars and carbines  
Is this a baggage delay or what?  
A stupid question?  
Mornington Crescent  
Mornington Crescent - Update  
It all makes sense now.  
Don't give this man a job  
Keele University Libertarians  

Planning
Prior Planning and Preparation Produces Piss-Poor Performance  
Misuses of the English Language #2: the Environment  
Compulsory Purchase - oh no, not again  
Association of British Drivers  
Penn Station  
The only thing the green belt is good for is tarmac  
A despatch from the planning front  
Confused? You will be  
Transport at the Sydney Olympics  
Interesting urban design ideas from the USA  
News Round up 14/06/03  
Misuses of the English Language #3: Sprawl  
What if you can't drive?  

Pollution
Pollution Control - libertarian style  
On the environment  
Misuses of the English Language #2: the Environment  
Global Warming and Railways  
Dirty trams v. Clean buses  
Noise Abatement Kills  
Climate change threatens Britain's crumbling transport system  
A couple more things to read  
Targeting individual polluters  
The "hold out" problem. A possible solution using the very minimum amount of force possible  
How much should petrol cost?  

Positive Externalities
Book Review - Don Riley "Taken for a Ride"  
A Dublin metro will only work if the suburbs it serves are replaced by apartments  
CrossRail - enter the capitalists  
The property barons of the English Riviera  
CrossRail - Enter the Capitalists Part II  
Japanese Private Railway Companies and Their Business Diversification by Takahiko Saito  
On positive externalities  
Financing transit systems through value capture: an annotated bibliography by Jeffery J. Smith and Thomas A. Gihring  
Ryanair and Charleroi  

Potters Bar Crash
Three dead' in train crash.  
Bullshit Alert  
Rail Crash Update  
Fresh bid to remove crash  
Potters Bar Report  
Potters Bar  
Will Self Takedown  
Scandal  
No to public enquiries  
Cuttings - Potters Bar Crash  
In defence of Jarvis  
"No evidence" of Potters Bar sabotage  

Privatisation Benefits
Train Driver Shortage  
It's not all Doom and Gloom  
Accentuate the Negative, Disregard the Positive  
Signs of improvement  
A curate's egg  
Cuttings File  
Drink & Privatisation don't mix  
Strikes are down  
Of place mats, privatisation and possibilities  

Public Private Partnerships
How much Money is Railtrack Getting from the Government?  
The State Always Gets Screwed...  
Of smoke and mirrors  
Cuttings File  
The NATS crisis  
PPP  
Congestion charge scheme will make £28m for Capita  
Tram project threatens to be PFI casualty  
Channel rail link cost leaps to £9 billion  
There's no more money  

Rail Crime
Graffiti and Vandalism  
Fight!  
Cuttings File  
The New Labour Fear Factor  
Travellers evacuated as train is set on fire  
CrozierRail Part II - Crime  
Creeps and Weirdos  
The two big transport stories are two of the biggest stories today  

Rail Delays
Rail Delays  
Cuttings File  
Interesting Articles  
Delays, delays, delays  
On punctuality  
Train delays  
Tube delay – and chatting about it  
New trains are no match for reliable 1960s 'workhorse'  
The top 5 causes of train delays  
News Round up 14/06/03  
Punctuality in the UK  

Rail Economics
Book Review - Don Riley "Taken for a Ride"  
Just How Bad is a Monopoly?  
The Central Railway  
Poor Old Anglia  
The IoD gets it right - and wrong  
A Dublin metro will only work if the suburbs it serves are replaced by apartments  
Amtrak  
Stuff from the Ludwig von Mises Institute and elsewhere  
The Evil of Subsidy  
Cuttings File  
Interesting Articles  
New Links  
The Keio Electric Railway  
The Tokyo Subway  
Right diagnosis - wrong treatment  
Shinkansen UK  
Boiling frog syndrome  
CrossRail - enter the capitalists  
Property taxes and infrastructure  
TGV - UK  
CrossRail - Enter the Capitalists Part II  
The London Junto  
Rail freight link to take 10,000 lorries a day off roads  
Japanese Private Railway Companies and Their Business Diversification by Takahiko Saito  
In the news  
In the news  
Scotrail  
A pearl in this Oyster?  
Live from the Third Rail is the real deal  
Trains getting better shock  
Financing transit systems through value capture: an annotated bibliography by Jeffery J. Smith and Thomas A. Gihring  
Why doesn’t Los Angeles have much of a metro?  
Railways need density  
Why don't fragmented railways work? - A conjecture  
Why I am not that worried about the absence of high-speed lines in the UK  
More on Coase and railways  
Tilting trains - bad but not that bad  

Rail Franchising
Cuttings File  
Huffing and puffing at the SRA  
How not to name a transport company.  

Rail General
Glossary  
A Libertarian Transport Manifesto  
Why Rail Privatisation has failed  
Rail - General  
The railway's tragedy  
80 infrastructure failures every day  
On punctuality  
Railway policies  
Brian's plan for the railways of Britain  
Better than bringing back Beeching  
Will trains ever get very much better?  
Will trains ever get any better - a response Part I  
Wi not Wi-Fi on Trains?  
Railways special in the Telegraph  
There's no more money  
If you read no other article on British railways then read this one  
Acela – a line of places like no other?  
Why people need to see what they expect to see.  
The Ever-Elusive Perfectly Timed Journey  
Clarkson's £100 Transport Challenge  
Expanding capacity, stretching credulity  
The UK rail problem  
Former Railtrack boss points the finger  

Rail History
What the Victorians did for us  
Bad railways? Blame it on the 1950s  
The Taff Vale Judgement  
A brief history of UK railways  
Airline Seats  
Cuttings File  
Interesting Articles  
Right diagnosis - wrong treatment  
British Rail nationalisation  
History of the West Coast Main Line  
The uneducatedness of the steam engine pioneers  
A real person writes  
In the news  
So, how good was the railway a 100 years ago?  
The Trans-continental  
Tonight, 8pm Channel Four  
A historic building  
Joyce's World of Transport Eclectica  
Railways came out of the mines  
The British state has never been very good at interfering in the railways  
Grouping  
How important were the Parliamentary Acts in the building of railways?  

Rail Incidents
Cuttings File  
Will this train be stopping at Egham – or not?  
In the news  
Heatwave slows down trains  
The HSE's at it again  
How earthquakes do kinky things to railways  

Rail Miscellany
The Royal Train  
The Royal Train - a follow up  
Rail - General  
Natalie Solent quotes from the  
What's wrong with stations?  
More on stations  
Oh no, he doesn't  
KISS  
Kiyoshi Michimura  
Up in the mountains  
Penn Station  
Women-only carriages  
Mobile phones on trains  
Parking at stations  
In which I purchase my tickets for my journey  
In which I proceed to Clapham Junction – some reflections upon the peculiar nature of that station – on to Egham  
SRA cuts trains  
Rail safety rules may be eased to save rural lines  
Railways against racism  
Ex-rail engineer stole two miles of track for scrap  
Upgrade yourselves, Eurostar tells the scruffs  
Line closures  
In the news  
In the news  
British railways are hell  
Tilting trains barely faster  
A proposed elevated nature walk in New York  
Brian's Culture Blog turns into Transport Blog  
News Round up 6/12/03  
Long name for a railway station (and for a website)  
Transport to the Rugby World Cup  
Waterloo Station 29 January 2004  
Train enquiry jobs go to India  
Our Railway companies are so on the ball  
Transport Blog not-properly-thought-through theory of the day  
Upholstered seats in the UK. Why?  
What is overcrowding?  
Shrewsbury station  
The mystery of Selhurst  
High speed railways are no fun  
The trouble with high-speed railways  

Rail Regulator
Rail Regulator calls for extra cash  
News Round up 6/12/03  

Rail Review
Why I have nothing to say about Alistair Darling’s announcement  
Please don't let this be true - Government fudges rail review  
So, what do you think about the White Paper?  
What Alistair Darling should have said  

Rail Safety
On Corporate Manslaughter  
Corporate Manslaughter - An Addendum  
A Question of Safety  
Safety Costs Soar  
Apologies Connex  
Safety is Dangerous  
More safety nonsense  
"New" rail crash investigator, eh?  
Will Self Takedown  
Cuttings File  
Interesting Articles  
Puzzled  
No to public enquiries  
On getting yourself killed in Barcelona  
Rail deaths on the increase  
Transport policy jack-knife - another shibboleth slams into the wreckage  
Richard Hope on railway safety  
Rail safety rules may be eased to save rural lines  
In the news  
Totally safe equals impossible to run  
In the news  
The HSE's at it again  
Silverlink withdraws trains  
Comparative safety statistics  
Safety is dangerous  
The Regulation of the Railways Act (1889) was unnecessary  
Why safe trains (and planes) make commercial sense  
Hatfield Crash - the crash that stopped Britain  
Putting profits before safety  

Railtrack Administration
Nothing new or original...  
Oh, to be proved wrong  
Safety Costs Soar  
£3bn is a Lot Of Money  
In the news  
Cuttings File  
Told you so  
Railtrack shareholders  
News Round up 6/12/03  

Railtrack and Network Rail
How much Money is Railtrack Getting from the Government?  
Fresh bid to remove crash  
Rail smash has buried bad news  
More (potential) double standards  
Network Rail  
Not satisfied with buggering up the railway...  
Cuttings File  
Told you so  
The "No shareholders means more being spent" fallacy  
Network Rail gears up  
A reliable railway?  
Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss...  
Corrupt Statistics (cont.)  
Network Rail runs into fog over accounting status  
Doubts over Brown's rail billions  
Network Rail reduces role for contractors  
It just gets worse  
Network Rail is not a joint stock company, but something called a not for profit company. You can say that again.  
News stories  
In the news  
In the news  
30-40 years of underinvestment  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
Should Network Rail be split up?  
Leaves action pays off  
News Round up 6/12/03  
News Round up 14/06/03  
A beano  
The West Coast fiasco  
Former Railtrack boss points the finger  
Hatfield Crash - the crash that stopped Britain  

Railways - Germany
German railways  
Flexible work practices  
German Railways  
This must never ever be allowed to happen again  
Bob the Railway  

Railways - Hong Kong
The Octopus Card  

Railways - Ireland
A Dublin metro will only work if the suburbs it serves are replaced by apartments  

Railways - Japan
The Japanese System  
On Being Stunned By The Central Japan Railway Company Data Book 2001  
Japanese Railway Conference  
The Royal Train - a follow up  
The "No shareholders means more being spent" fallacy  
No to public enquiries  
The Greatest Railway in the World  
A reliable railway?  
Japan  
I'm back !  
Virgin Trains  
KISS  
0830 Shinagawa Station  
The barriers at Tokyo station  
Just to let you know...  
The Keio Electric Railway  
The Tokyo Subway  
Kiyoshi Michimura  
Ιsprit d'escalier  
Up in the mountains  
Passenger compaints in Japan  
Alice in Blunderland  
My favourite journey  
The latest from Japan  
Mobile manners in Japan  
Japanese train driver falls asleep  
All aboard: a nation in motion  
Japanese Private Railway Companies and Their Business Diversification by Takahiko Saito  
British railways are hell  
Railway competition in Nagoya  
Compulsory Purchase in Japan  
New rail speed world record  
So, how are things going in Japan?  
Why are Japanese trains so overcrowded?  
A beano  
Entirely gratuitous train pic  

Railways - Other
Apologies Connex  
Transport Iberia  
The Plane to Spain is faster than the Train  
Dutch Railways and the Nature of Private Enterprise  
The Octopus Card  
As promised, this is what  
Mussolini did not make the trains run on time  
Indian Railways  
Swiss Railways  
ICE v TGV  
Trains in New South Wales  
More on Trains in New South Wales  
Book Review - Separation Philosphy of the European Union - Blessing or Curse? by Carlo Pfund  
Brief Thoughts on the Paris Metro (especially the new line 14)  
Swiss Railways  
The Bilbao metro system  
New Underground line opens in Singapore.  
In the news  
Adelaide to Darwin Railway (finally) built  
Steam locomotive 354.1217...  
Conference: Reform and Privatisation of Russian Railways  
News Round up 6/12/03  
Clarkson’s Great Race – and why frequency is often more important than speed  

Railways - USA
More Guardian Lunacy  
Compulsory Purchase - an update  
Amtrak  
More on Amtrak  
Stuff from the Ludwig von Mises Institute and elsewhere  
More on Amtrak (Part II)  
Cuttings File  
New Links  
Interesting Articles  
METRA  
More on Metra  
Penn Station  
Metra update  
Parking at stations  
The Search for the Holy Rail  
Railways against racism  
Air Terror Saves Amtrak?  
Virus stuffs CSX  
The Trans-continental  
News Round up 6/12/03  
Los Angeles is not as densely populated as New York but it’s a pretty close run thing  
Why doesn’t Los Angeles have much of a metro?  

Road General
Bad News is Good News  
A Libertarian Transport Manifesto  
New Links  
Do you feel lucky?  
Cuttings - Road  
Motoring Taxes  
Motorway travel times 30pc up on 1998  
London traffic speeds  
Bottleneck that keeps new roads stuck in traffic  
Why drive?  
Roads in funny places  
Of cars and carbines  
I want private roads  
Drug related parking  
Bump and (angle) grind  
Andy Duncan on Jeremy Clarkson  
News Round up 6/12/03  
Britain's private road network  
He who owns the road is the state, or is he?  
Just asking: Mode of transport theft  

Road improvement
Objections to HOT Lanes  

Road Miscellany
Utilities fight hole-in-road charges  
The car share to nowhere  
Coming to a main road near you...  
Interesting Articles  
Cuttings - Road  
Association of British Drivers  
Holland isn't perfect - shock  
Unlicenced Minicabs  
ABD nominates Traffic Director  
Meanwhile in the land of the Rising Sun...  
London Traffic speeds  
The rise of the scooter  
Chauffeur bikes  
Car sales  
In which - having failed to get a taxi and having then found no assistance at a bus stop - I walk in the rain from Egham station to my mother's home  
Cars – controlled some of the time by a Giant Brain  
Life as a mini-cab driver  
Vegetable Oil  
Maybach  
SRA and road journey times  
Speed Camera blown up  
The London Junto  
This on-the-spot 'justice' needs clamping  
On the new Rolls-Royce Phantom (which exists) and on Rolls-Royce transport (which doesn't)  
On privatising roads  
Oil industry suppressed plans for 200-mpg car  
The coach market  
Russia strips 'untouchable' drivers of their sirens  
Zingo  
The 150mph road  
What do you mean by a monopoly?  
The 150mph road - a follow up  
Anti-road rage device unveiled  
News stories  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
A really confusing hoezo rotonde  
Road railers  
Why do foreigners drive on the wrong side of the road?  
Sign of the times  
Slugging  
The revolution's here  
Liar liar cheaper car insurance  
480mph Maestro please!  
A motorbike sidecar to die for  
Carblogging and bridge spotting  
Attacked in the street? Don't call a cop. Call a cab.  
Fourteen of the worst  
How to drive when you have passengers  
Last night's Top Gear - what did you think?  
Hammondmania!  
Why I am not that bothered about surveillance technology  
What if you can't drive?  

Road Pricing
Take me to the supply side, Comrade Ken  
Read This  
RAC backs road pricing  
Road tolls seen as tax on business  
In the news  
Walter Block on road pricing  
Cuttings File  
Road tolling by satellite  
Congestion charging - just do it!  
Does congestion charging work?  
Tolls in Sydney  
More calls for road pricing  
Singapore Road Pricing - a picture  
It works  
On the aesthetics and economics of car parks  
A Congestion Charge surprise  
Road tax minister voted out  
£2 to use first toll motorway  
Having said there is no such thing as a monopoly...  
How to ruin a good idea  
News stories  
Road pricing on White Rose  
The two big transport stories are two of the biggest stories today  
In the news  
Chuffed to bits  
Congestion Charge being discussed in Sydney  
The European Space Agency is watching your car  
Why Edinburgh's road pricing scheme may not work  
TOLLROADSnews  
TOLLROADSnews is also the real deal  
News Round up 6/12/03  
News Round up 14/06/03  
Fun with stats (and the M6 Toll)  
Buses, taxis and tarmac – London in the age of the Congestion Charge  
Stand and deliver  
The way to deal with congestion  
Why I think road pricing would benefit the least well off  

Road Safety
Bad News is Good News  
Pile-up on the ranting super-highway  
Our nuthead safety fascists...  
More on the rules of the private road  
Cuttings File  
Eh?  
Don't part 20/7834  
Lord Montague slams "anti-motorists"  
Conservative safety fascists  
Drink driving  
On risk  
The rules of the road  
On child seat laws  
Hard Cell by Iain Murray  
Minister's Statement "Inaccurate and Mischievous"  
Statistical Traffic Wreck  
In the news  
On railway deaths and road deaths  
In the news  
Heh, heh  
David Carr on mobile phones in cars on the Jeremy Vine show  
It's not the speed cameras that are to blame - it's the law  
News Round up 6/12/03  
Speed cameras - let's privatise them  
Sean Gabb on drink driving  
News Round up 14/06/03  
Safety is not the only thing  
Comparative safety statistics  
Safety is dangerous  
Why car seats should not be compulsory up to the age of 11  
Getting around, the Chinese way. Part I: How to drive.  
Why I find it difficult to comment on the government's speed fine proposals  

Roads - Parking
Just hold it right there, Anglegrinderman!  
A couple more things to read  
Angle Grinder Man is …  

Ross Clark
The only thing the green belt is good for is tarmac  
Roads in funny places  
Ross Clark  
Tilting trains - bad but not that bad  

SRA
Government vetoes pay offer  
If rail lines must close, so be it  
News stories  
Goodbye Connex  
In the news  
Line closures  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  
In the news  

State Hypocrisy
Safety is Dangerous  
Rail smash has buried bad news  
More (potential) double standards  
More on Amtrak  
Told you so  

Statistics Scandal
Not satisfied with buggering up the railway...  
Corrupt Statistics (cont.)  
Network Rail runs into fog over accounting status  
Doubts over Brown's rail billions  

Staying put
Is your journey really necessary?  
Is your journey really necessary - a response  
On not going there at all  
On not going there at all - a possible follow up  
Travelling is fun  
More proof of the value of a face-to-face meeting - Alice meets Michael  
When staying put means you don't learn  

Subsidy
More Guardian Lunacy  
Cuttings File  
The "state must fund rail because otherwise the roads would be clogged" fallacy  
The nuclear option when negotiating the price of new infrastructure  
Subsidy for the UK rail industry  

Taxis
Scottish taxi drivers not as laissez-faire as once thought  

Third World Transport
Getting around, the Chinese way. Part I: How to drive.  

Trams
Tram project threatens to be PFI casualty  
Join the Metro Light Rail Deathwatch contest  
New trams – pretty in Nottingham – losing money in Croydon  

Transport and Disability
No to disabled rights  

Transport General
Mr Blair's Black Day  
A Dubious Claim  
Abolish the Ministry of Transport  
Glossary  
May News Stories  
That Transport Plan  
Un-Byersed  
Some observations on Byers's End  
Now here's a challenge...  
A Libertarian Transport Manifesto  
Interesting Publications  
Cuttings File  
Congestion charging - just do it!  
Gridlock UK  
London traffic speeds  
Wolmar in the Standard  
Mr Darling, what are you doing about the traffic?  
Steel wheels good, rubber wheels even better  
No, London can't host the Olympics  
On the roads  
Ferdinand Mount  
This is no way to run a railroad  
Transport policy jack-knife - another shibboleth slams into the wreckage  
A world in a grain of sand  
The London Junto  
The UK Transport System, Can it be Fixed?  
Transport adviser faces axe for taking ministers to task  
"Integrated" Transport ?  
Reform transport now  
Transport postings on Samizdata  
In the news  
In the news  
The Conservatives have a transport policy  
In the news  
No Alice Thomas - the problem is they don't know what to do  
Transport goals dropped  
Why can't anybody make any money out of transport?  
A Minister says something interesting  
Number of cars set to triple as global love affair continues apace  
Which country has the best transport system in the world?  
The way we think about transport  
Transport Blog soundbites  
Book review review: Pains on Trains, Andrew Holmes and Matthew Reeves  
Trains are for cattle  
Driving a car does not make you a libertarian. Taking the train does not make you a socialist  
Adventures in Transitland  
London is doomed … doomed …  
How much better might laissez faire have done?  
The oddities of satellite navigation systems  
Connecting on the move  
Clearing up the wreckage  

Transport Miscellany
Tom Burroughes uncovers the solution  
Billions of Blue Blistering Bendy Buses  
The New Labour Fear Factor  
On mobile communication  
And I thought transport was a good thing  
On getting yourself killed in Barcelona  
As promised, this is what  
Picture of the Month  
Driverless cars  
Introducing SkyTran  
Why drive? The race is on  
On risk  
Let it snow  
Why (and When) are There Three Classes?  
Improvements in Tunneling technology  
The coach market  
In the news  
A new pavement in Paris  
Beyond Brilliance  
DUKWs again – this time for bringing in the fish  
In the news  
The dangers of multi-mode travel or Nothing beats a Dutchman with a BMW  
Segway disappoints  
Transport in art  
Transport as sport  
Fossil fuels?  
High speed amphibian  
Harare blues  
Photoflotation?  
And here's another misguided piece of transport inventiveness  
How and how not to get transport running like clockwork  
Proof from Sweden that there is more to transport than trains, planes and automobiles  
Woof  
Doubledecker ski lift  
Why did the Titanic sink?  
Infrastructure in a world where everyone's rights matter  
Big wheel keep on turning  
The dark side of Segways  
Dave Barry is completely wrong about the Nap-Strap Airline Passenger Head-Restraint Device – it's a really good idea  
Carblogging and bridge spotting  
Transport – how they used to do it  
Footbridges  
Do we talk about terrorism and security on Transport Blog?  
Scooters and angst on the streets of Italy  
The river boats of London  
Transport opposites  

Transport movies
Transport at the movies  
Automotive excellence on celluloid  

UK Train Operators
Poor Old Anglia  
More safety nonsense  
Cuttings File  
Virgin Trains  
Sanity regained  
A passenger - manager exchange  
Virgin forced to replace new trains with old  
Rail company axes first class seats  
Train subsidy to be cut by 20%  
Guards hide rather than sell tickets, says rail firm  
In the news  
Train misses stops  
Well, it works in Japan  
Great North Eastern Railway (GNER)  

Virgin
Virgin Trains  
Sanity regained  
Virgin forced to replace new trains with old  
More Virgin misery  
Virgin Concorde  
Branson the patriot  
Railways special in the Telegraph  
Is British first class the best in the world?  
Why I don't like the Pendolino  
Why is the Pendolino so bad?  

World Cup
Service Disruption  
Big Bother. Guess what, the  
The National Anthem - the second verse  
Brazil 1 England 0  
Unsatisfied Customer  
Back to the Anthem (with apologies to Brian)  
 IN BRIEF

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