Train ticket prices are just one area that the government needs to address.

The Budget must address the cost of living – especially for the young

17 March 2014 11:40

Transport It is ruinous travelling by train these days. Have you tried it? My advice: don’t. Aside from re-nationalising the railways, the Budget could make some gesture of goodwill to… Continue reading


What I’d like in the Budget: more support for teachers

15 March 2014 16:29

To start on a glamorous note: subsidised bus fares for those in full-time education outside London. I turned 16 in the same year my dad turned 60, and just as… Continue reading

Protests Are Held Throughout The UK Opposing The Coalition Government's Spending Review

‘Almost a conservative’ – in praise of Bob Crow, 1961-2014

11 March 2014 10:28

Very sad to hear of Bob Crow’s death. Doubtless his erstwhile political opponents will be falling over themselves to say that he will be ‘sadly missed’. But I’ve admired him… Continue reading


What’s Lord Adonis up to?

19 February 2014 15:53

Lucky Lord Adonis has spent the last few days travelling around London by bus as part of his ‘London By Bus’ campaign. He’s been chatting to commuters and sharing interesting… Continue reading

Train services were brought low by the recent storm. (DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)

Media storm stops a train near you

28 December 2013 12:06

It’s right, isn’t it, that the storm we’ve just had was far, far, worse than the Worst Storm In A Million Years © we had a month back and which… Continue reading

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London is different: the government will spend money there

4 December 2013 18:14

The chart at the top of this post comes from the government’s National (sic) Infrastructure Plan 2013. (Sic because it is largely a plan for England.) You can find it… Continue reading

Miliband and Balls disagree over how HS2 was handled at this year's Labour conference. Photo: Getty Images.

Ed Miliband and Balls: still split on HS2

19 November 2013 12:10

More details of the split Eds have emerged. As Guido reports, Balls has never been to the pub with Miliband, nor knows ‘if he likes the pub or not’. And,… Continue reading

Cars are great in places like Montana. But they are a disaster in big cities. (Jan Hennop/AFP/Getty Images)

Drivers are a menace to society

8 November 2013 16:44

I hate drivers. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate all of them, just a considerably larger proportion than I hate of the population as a whole. And, like most… Continue reading

Boris Johnson Unveils Final New Bus For London Designs

Sir Peter Hendy’s complaints procedure

23 October 2013 18:07

All London bus users are equal, but some are more equal than others. Especially if your name is Sir Peter Hendy. On his way to a meeting at the Houses… Continue reading


Why do we cringe at the term ‘third class’?

20 October 2013 16:20

Alas, it looks like the return to third class travel won’t happen. The papers had got terrifically excited about what seemed like a rolling back of 56 years, when British Rail… Continue reading


Tory cost of living drive begins in earnest

9 October 2013 8:39

At their autumn conference, the Tories managed to get the last word in on the cost of living debate by explaining that you can’t just talk about living standards while… Continue reading

Senior Figures Speak At British Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference

Labour conference: who knew about HS2?

24 September 2013 10:25

Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle has the unenviable task this morning of standing up in front of the conference and trying to espouse Ed Balls’ new We-don’t-know-to-HS2 strategy. The… Continue reading

HS2 high-speed rail plan

The coalition’s new case for HS2

7 September 2013 12:08

The coalition government is preparing a new case for HS2. Concerned that public and political support for the project is slipping away, there’ll be a major effort to renew enthusiasm… Continue reading

Commuters have survived the advent of the Oyster card. But Labour says that the onset of more ticket machines will have a ‘devastating effect’ on commuters.

Ignore Labour’s rage against the machines

13 August 2013 12:01

Two months ago I walked into the railway station at Biarritz. Without thinking I headed to the ticket machine on the concourse, pressed the small Union Jack on the touchscreen,… Continue reading

Bikers for Britain has launched today, to get a better deal from the EU for motorcyclists.

Why bikers need a better deal from the EU

8 August 2013 13:25

Since I was elected to Parliament in 2010, I have taken every opportunity to push back against the EU’s move towards ever closer union. I have also been a long-time… Continue reading

Eric Pickles. Illustration: Ian Tovey.

Parking-obsessed Pickles stands up to Norman Baker on fines

15 July 2013 14:16

Coalition relations are fairly harmonious at the moment. There is, though, a wee row brewing that embodies the different ways in which the two Coalition parties think about the world.… Continue reading

High Speed 2 is needed to boost Britain's transport links. Photo: BBC.

High Speed 2 is needed to bring Britain’s infrastructure into the 21st century

16 May 2013 18:47

The National Audit Office has slammed High Speed 2 today, citing a £3.3 billion ‘black hole’ in the funding plans while suggesting the construction timetable is ‘over-ambitious.’ Not exactly an… Continue reading

A high court judge today found in favour of the government on nine out of 10 points in a legal challenge against HS2. Picture: Getty

HS2 ruling: both sides claim victory

15 March 2013 16:47

The useful thing about most court rulings in judicial review cases is that both sides can take from it whatever they want and make it into a victory. We had… Continue reading

Phase Two Route Of The Proposed HS2 Rail Link Announced

Are High Speed Railways for the North or for London?

28 January 2013 17:50

I used to think High Speed Rail was an excellent idea. Now I’m not so sure. I suspect the economic case for the proposals is weaker than its proponents allow.… Continue reading

Is a third runway the solution to the UK's aviation capacity woes?

No ifs. No buts. Heathrow must have a third runway. Or must it?

27 November 2012 8:09

‘No ifs. No buts. Heathrow must have a third runway.’ This was our motion of the evening at last night’s Spectator debate, but when it came to kick-off time, it… Continue reading

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Aviation: Don’t say one thing and do another

20 November 2012 16:32

Some tickets to the Spectator’s next debate, ‘No Ifs, No Buts: Heathrow Must Have a Third Runway’, are still available. Tim Yeo, chairman of the energy and climate change select… Continue reading

Cameron and Clegg and the rest of the Quad discussed options for the mid-term review

What will the coalition do next?

11 November 2012 17:53

We are now closer to the 2015 election than the 2010 one. We also expected by now to have the coalition’s mid-term review, the document that will set out its… Continue reading

Cheryl Gillan warns that the government could be making the same mistakes on high-speed rail that it made on the West Coast Mainline franchise competition. Picture: Getty

The government could repeat its West Coast Mainline mistake with HS2

31 October 2012 14:12

This Monday Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin faced the House of Commons to make a second statement on the fiasco surrounding the West Coast Mainline rail franchise.  Reporting on the initial… Continue reading

Former Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan has stepped up her campaign against High Speed rail since being sacked in September's reshuffle. Picture: Getty

Cheryl Gillan steps up anti-HS2 campaign

15 October 2012 19:25

The West Coast Mainline debacle has given opponents of HS2 another stick with which to beat the government. Cheryl Gillan took the opportunity of Patrick McLoughlin’s statement on the matter… Continue reading

New Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin addressed the Conservative party conference this morning. Picture: Press Association

Conservative conference: Patrick McLoughlin wrestles the One Nation mantle from Miliband

8 October 2012 13:17

Patrick McLoughlin was the obvious choice to confront Ed Miliband as the Labour leader tries to steal the ‘One Nation’ mantle from the Conservative party. The former miner opened his… Continue reading