The race to bring a hydrogen train to the UK market has slowed to a crawl for the same reason blocking conventional electrification: a lack of commitment from government. GARETH DENNIS considers the technological and political hurdles keeping UK hydrogen trains from carrying passengers.

On the 17th of August, the UK government published its Hydrogen Strategy. Whilst there’s plenty to pore over, the document is undoubtedly a case of the tail wagging the dog, as instead of looking…

As part of their latest emergency funding settlement, Transport for London is being pressured into making driverless Tube trains a reality, but how feasible is this? GARETH DENNIS sifts through the evidence.

Christian Wolmar has written chapter and verse on the pointlessness of driverless cars, and I’ve talked about the fact that, when it comes to public transport, the words “driverless” or “autonomous” are usually being…

The source of the now familiar 4 foot 8½ inches dimension is often attributed to Romans, wheel ruts and horse’s bottoms, but the real story is far less mythological. GARETH DENNIS takes a closer look.

Last year, a Twitter thread about the permanent way promptly “did an internet” and went viral. This was as much a surprise to me as it might be to you. And not just because…

For the first time in recent history, a national party has set out a detailed strategic plan for the railways. GARETH DENNIS interrogates the Scottish Greens’ “Rail for All” report.

The COVID crisis in the UK has shown how important it is to have a plan, but this isn’t news to those of us wanting to see improvements in the rail industry. …

Can the party ever move beyond its various legacies and internally competing ideologies?

Today, a faction of the Green Party of England and Wales (including leading elected members) has publicly denounced their party’s stated position on Britain’s new high speed railway line, HS2.

In their statement explaining the split, Greens4HS2 highlight that, far from forming party policy, the anti-HS2 (and thus, anti-rail) stance…

If it isn’t autonomous, and it isn’t a metro system, then what exactly is the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro? GARETH DENNIS dives under the hood of this strange project.

Have you heard the word “gadgetbahn” before? It is…

New report promises a railway strategy but delivers a recipe for catastrophe

It’s hardly a ringing endorsement of the clarity of their conclusions when a report’s authors have to pop up on the evening radio on the day of its release, backpedalling desperately — and, in the case of the National Infrastructure Commissions’s Rail Needs Assessment for the Midlands and the North

The fatal derailment at Stonehaven has put the condition of railway earthworks into sharp focus. GARETH DENNIS looks at how the extremes of weather as a result of climate change can impact on earthwork resilience.

I originally wrote this piece whilst Coronavirus was rightly holding the attention of news cycles, but just prior to its publication, a fatal derailment occurred near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire following very high rainfall and…

Gareth Dennis

Railway engineer. Writer. Sustainable transport advocate. Director of @PermanentRail. Lecturer at @BCRRE etc. Leads @PWI_York. STEMist. Feminist. He/him. 🏳️‍🌈

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