Transport

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…

The defeat of Boudica is believed to have been fought on Watling Street

The Roman road that came to define Britain

17 November 2018 9:00 am

All roads lead to Rome, the saying goes. Well, all roads except for the Roman road of Watling Street, which…

Portrait of the week

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, invited the media to take a photograph of her beginning a holiday with her…

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…

The most important test that HS2 doesn’t pass

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Despite my opposition to High Speed 2, I am quite a big fan of HS1, the line which runs from…

Should the first modern Olympic drug cheat get to keep his gold?

14 November 2015 9:00 am

A marathon of cheats Russian athletes may be stripped of the medals they won at the 2012 Olympics, but what…