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Episode 21

Labour vs Tories on railways & is there any point to Rail Reform Bill?

The Department for Transport finally publishes the Rail Reform Bill, but is there any point to it? Nigel reviews the annual George Bradshaw address…

Episode 20

‘Reversing Beeching’: Anything achieved?

Richard talks about his visit to Wales & Borders with Nick Millington MBE, Route Director at Network Rail and finds out about lagoons, climate…

Episode 19

Government scores 0/10 on HS2 & Labour eyes rail nationalisation

Following Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s scrapping of HS2 Phase 2A, HS2 is branded ‘very poor value for money’ by the Public Accounts Committee… And…..

Episode 18

The Big Interview – Train strikes: Finding the truth behind the headlines – with ASLEF boss Mick Whelan

Train strikes have hit the headlines frequently over the past three years as an increasingly bitter dispute between train drivers’ union ASLEF and the…

Episode 17

When ministers can’t agree… & the simpler fares that aren’t!

Ministers seem unable to agree, either on transport decisions – or more embarrassingly – with each other at a Conservative Home conference. What is…

Episode 16

More train ticket booking confusion & is new plan for HS2 sunk already?

Why train ticket booking and rail fares in the UK are so confusing. With the help of fares expert The Man in Seat 61…

Episode 15

Harry Potter’s ‘Hogwarts Express’ off the rails & has Keir Starmer bottled it on HS2?

Has Harry Potter’s favourite train the ‘Hogwarts Express’ hit the buffers now that Jacobite steam train operator West Coast Railways has been derailed by…

Episode 14

Floods, HS2 land sale, Tube strikes & MORE misleading stats

It’s been a week of severe weather disruption on the railway, news that HS2 land may not be sold before the next election, Tube…

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Meet Nigel

The former Managing Editor and Events Director of RAIL magazine which he built up into Britain’s market-leading industry magazine and which became a key opinion former in the sector read by senior Politicians and industry leaders.

Meet Richard

The former Chair and CEO of the Strategic Rail Authority as well as Chair of Virgin Rail Group, Group CEO of National Express and CEO of Etihad Rail in the UAE. A lifelong railwayman with a passion for analysis and debate.