Contrary to the government’s promises of prosperity, Kenya’s mega-railway is heading down the wrong track of development.
Government investment in roads, railroads and other public services has always involved social programming, both for good and for ill.
Oil spills, cracked buildings and pollution. Just some of the environmental effects of Kenya’s massive railway project.
Regional NSW, home to a third of the state’s population, is still waiting for the promise of faster train travel to be delivered. Other states improved their regional services years ago.
Governments must ensure that transport infrastructure is developed with the ability to cope with current and future climatic shifts.
Transit agencies could use the money to buy new subway cars, buses and maintain rails. The funding is designed to build on last year’s emergency aid, which kept transit operating through the pandemic.
Geographers are documenting slave-built infrastructure, from railroads to ports, in use today. Such work could influence the reparations debate by showing how slavery still props up the US economy.
A review of all public road and rail projects worth $20 million or more and completed since 2001 reveals a 21% cost overrun. Worryingly, costs of bigger projects blew out more often and by more.
Hyperloop might still be a dream but new technologies promise to make trains faster and safer.
A devastating historical exposé of South Africa’s mining industry and the railway system that maximised the exploitation of cheap Mozambican labour.
Road and rail construction is booming in sub-Saharan Africa, but the pandemic has brought a welcome pause for reflection.
The UK cannot wait 30 years for a modern rail network.
High-profile rail and aerospace disasters of recent years have been the deadly consequence of the systematic erosion of safety precautions due to deregulation.
Since 2019, night train networks have seen a remarkable revival across Europe.
Electric trains use seven times less carbon dioxide than cars. With careful planning, railways could drastically cut emissions from a sector that now accounts for a quarter of the carbon in our air.
Born the same year as Queen Victoria, Eliot faced similar life choices to many young women today
It’s hotter and more crowded on the Underground but some things have got better for commuters.
An ambitious new train would link resorts like Cancun to inland ancient ruins and colonial towns. That means laying rail across 932 miles of dense jungle, pristine beach and indigenous villages.
Though formed by the state, Eskom and Iscor enjoyed very little state support in their infancy. To survive, they had to cooperate with the private sector companies they were meant to compete with.
Driverless cars will form a fast, efficient transport network, which will make car ownership redundant. But they could also spell the end of public transport.