Michael Williams:
author & journalist

Michael is a journalist, academic and author – writing, blogging and broadcasting on railways and the media. He is also a travel writer, having covered the world for a variety of publications. Read more…

The Trains
Now Departed

Michael Williams’s most recent book The Trains Now Departed: Sixteen excursions into the lost delights of Britain’s railways is published by Arrow Books. Find out more about Michael’s other books, including ‘On the Slow Train’, ‘On the Slow Train Again’ and ‘Steaming to Victory’.

Germany’s £43 transport pass sets an example to Britain

May 24, 2023

THE German government has just introduced a revolutionary new deal for public transport, enabling people to buy a monthly pass covering local and regional bus, train and tram services all over the country for just 49 euros (£43). The 49-euro Deutschland ticket is a radical plan to get motorists out of their cars and follows on from the 9-euro monthly ticket introduced during the pandemic. This was extraordinarily successful. An astonishing 52 million were sold over  the three months the […]