Calling All Stations with Christian Wolmar

Christian Wolmar, Mark Walker and guests keep you up to date with the most engaging news stories, policy developments and interviews across the world of transport

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Episodes

Sunday Apr 30, 2023

A preview of Christian's next book - 'The Liberation Line' - telling the story of the Allies' amazing reconstruction of railways in France and beyond following the Normandy landings of 1944 [01:15] is followed by an in-depth interview with Anthony Smith, Chief Executive of Transport Focus, the principal consumer watchdog organisation for rail, bus and road users in Great Britain [09:30], after which Christian asks whether BBC Radio should still have to broadcast the Shipping Forecast in an increasingly digital age [33:07].

Sunday Apr 23, 2023

This week, Christian and co-presenter Mark Walker examine the cutbacks to the UK Government's Smart Motorways programme in England [1:30], analyse what the grilling of UK Transport Secretary Mark Harper MP by the House of Commons Transport Committee tells us about the rail reform programme for Great Britain [8:12], discuss why two-wheeled forms of innovative transport may be falling out of favour in the UK and elsewhere [23:27] and reflect on whether or not young drivers deserve more restrictions on their freedoms [29:44].

Friday Apr 14, 2023

Christian and co-presenter Mark Walker take a close look at the saga of the new ferries for island shipping services in Scotland [01:30], scrutinise promises of hands-free driving on Great Britain's motorways [11:15], reflect upon the renaissance of sleeper trains in Europe [17:00] and cheer on prospects for smoother boarding of flights from UK airports [23:45].

Friday Mar 31, 2023

Christian and co-presenter Mark Walker look at the latest developments with HS2 and Euston [01:30], the controversies around Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and 15-Minute Cities [14:19], the UK Government's response to the Independent Review of Net Zero by Chris Skidmore MP [26:45] and how Queens Park Rangers are leading the way on sustainable travel in professional football [40:29].

Saturday Mar 25, 2023

Christian and Mark Walker discuss the announcement of Derby as the future headquarters for Great British Railways [01:00], Christian talks about reducing road accidents with David Davies, Executive Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Committee on Transport Safety [10:30] and discusses city region developments with outgoing Urban Transport Group Director Jonathan Bray [22:00] before inviting ideas for naming London Overground's individual lines [33:28].

Friday Mar 17, 2023

Christian and co-presenter Mark Walker discuss recent changes to the construction timetable for Great Britain's new high speed railway HS2 [01:22], possible further proposals for reform of the bus regulatory regime in England [12:10], the unprecedented order for new civil aircraft by Air India [19:27] and the decision by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer not to increase fuel duty for road vehicles [25:04].

Friday Mar 10, 2023

This week, Christian's prominent scepticism about the promise of autonomous road vehicles is questioned by Members of Parliament on the House of Commons Transport Committee [00:48], he interviews Rail Forum Chief Executive Elaine Clark on issues being addressed by this thriving supply chain trade association [20:25], explores with Severn Valley Railway Managing Director Jonathan Dunster the challenges facing the heritage rail sector [24:17] and deplores the culture wars affecting our pavements and roadspace [38:54].

Friday Mar 03, 2023

Joined by co-presenter Mark Walker, Christian this week reflects on how public transport provision in Northern Ireland differs from that in Great Britain [1:28], considers a major report on possible sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels in civil aviation [9:36], analyses recent serious rail accidents in the United States of America and Greece [19:50] and renews his critique of the hype over autonomous vehicles [32:42].

Saturday Feb 25, 2023

We apologise in advance for the less that perfect audio quality in some parts of this episode.
This week, Christian discusses plans for rail investment in Cornwall with Great Western Railway's Mark Hopwood [00:36], attends the Parliamentary Reception supporting Growth Track 360's campaign for better public transport linking North Wales and North West England [10:43], examines positively the UK Government's financial support for Active Travel England [20:00] and welcomes the Welsh Government's Roads Review [23:44].

Thursday Feb 09, 2023

Rail reform in Great Britain special!  Christian discusses the recent speech by UK Transport Secretary Mark Harper MP on the next steps for reform of Great Britain's railways with legendary editor of RAIL magazine Nigel Harris.  Also listen at the very end for the mysterious case of the disappearing British Rail sandwich #sandwichgate.

'Calling All Stations' is the podcast for everyone with an interest in any form of transport.

Presented by Christian Wolmar - a leading transport journalist for over 25 years and author of 20 books - alongside Mark Walker, Chief Executive of transport-focused public affairs agency Cogitamus, 'Calling All Stations' examines all aspects of this diverse sector, from road to rail and cycling to flying as well as the wide range of wonderful (and more dubious) technological innovations promised by the industry.

We keep listeners up to date with the news as well as ensuring matters are viewed through a historical perspective.

While listening to the podcast is de rigueur for transport professionals, Christian's informed and relaxed style ensures there is no technical jargon, making it suitable for anyone with an interest in the sector's issues. 

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