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Richard's Blog

I am a reporter for NCE, mainly covering transport issues for the magazine - both news and features.

24-hour Tube may not be realistic

Posted by Richard JohnstoneWed, 30 Mar 2011

Plans to run the London Underground 24 hours a day during the 2012 Olympics are being examined by Transport for London (TfL) bosses.

Splitting Network Rail raises hackles

Posted by Richard JohnstoneWed, 16 Mar 2011

Hidden tensions in the rail industry have bubbled to the surface in the last week, following the publication of the latest in a long line of reform proposals.

New container ships: Big fish, little port?

Posted by Richard JohnstoneWed, 2 Mar 2011

The announcement that shipping company Maersk Line has ordered 10 new vessels which will be the world’s largest container ships has been greeted by the freight industry as an indicator that the shipping is on the road to recovery after the economic crash.

Mixed standards to follow rail reform

Posted by Richard JohnstoneWed, 16 Feb 2011

Plans have been drawn up to devolve some of Network Rail’s responsibilities to train operating companies as part of the rail value for money review being undertaken by former Civil Aviation Authority boss Sir Roy McNulty.

Airport capacity for London is needed, but where?

Posted by Richard JohnstoneTue, 1 Feb 2011

The gulf between central government and London mayor Boris Johnson on aviation policy looks set to keep on widening.

Will Edinburgh tram ever be on track?

Posted by Richard JohnstoneWed, 19 Jan 2011

The news that trams will run in Edinburgh this year could be seen as a positive sign for the project, with a 804m section between Gogarburn and the Gogar depot in the west of the city becoming the portion of track to be tested as early as the summer.