Transport writer, broadcaster and award-winning journalist
Campaigning to be Labour's candidate for the 2016 Mayoral election
Expert on transport infrastructure and urban development
Christian Wolmar is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and politician specialising in transport infrastructure, urban development, London and the history of railways. In the autumn of 2012, he announced he is seeking the Labour candidacy for the 2016 London mayoral election.
Christian is acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading commentators on transport matters. He has spent nearly all of his working life as a journalist; his interest in transport began at The Independent when he was appointed transport correspondent in 1992. Although he mainly concentrates on transport matters, he has covered many other social policy issues and has written on a wide range of subjects, from cricket to the Private Finance Initiative. He also has a strong interest in European affairs and urbanisation.
A prolific author, his books include, “The Subterranean Railway” (2004), “Blood, Iron and Gold: How Railways Transformed the World” (2009), “Engines of War” (2010) and “The Great Railway Revolution” (2012). His latest work includes “To the Edge of the World” (2013), a history of the Trans-Siberian railway; and “The Iron Road” (2014), a history of the early steam trains to the high-speed bullet trains of today.
Christian writes regularly for a wide variety of publications including newspapers such as The Times and The Guardian, and numerous magazines. He broadcasts frequently on radio and TV, and is a regular pundit on the national news bulletins of terrestrial channels and Sky. He has also appeared on virtually every radio news programme from World at One and the World Tonight to Radio One’s NewsBeat and LBC. He both speaks frequently at conferences and seminars, as well as chairing them.
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