Welcome to my website!
We are currently re-configuring the website so if you can’t find what you are looking for, please come back soon!
It should give you an idea of what I’m up to, as well as copies of recent articles and lectures.
Please look at ‘categories – current news’ to see the various pages of news and information about things I’m involved in, and for more in-depth stuff, go to ‘Pages’. My Northern Weekly Salvo is in ‘current news’: comment, news and gossip on railways, politics and culture – sometimes altogether. It appears roughly monthly (no, it isn’t ‘weekly’, that’s just its name). The occasional ‘crank question’ is strangely popular.
There’s a short biographical sketch on a separate page of this site – ‘The Life of Paul’. Suffice to say here that I’ve been in the railway industry, one way and another, for 40 years, with experience in a wide (some would say bewildering) range of sectors and disciplines.
I originated and developed ‘community rail’ and was directly involved in the establishment of over twenty community-rail partnerships which have led to increased use of local and regional railways and additional investment.
I write for several periodicals ranging from Chartist, Big Issue North, Local Transport Today to RAIL and Today’s Railways.
My book Socialism with a Northern Accent was published by Lawrence and Wishart (www.lwbooks.co.uk). Railpolitik – bringing railways back to communities, outlines a different approach to rail ownership, somewhere between the current arrangements and Labour’s centralising appoach.
I’ve always been involved in my local community – I was a founder-student of the Free University of Slawit and helped set up the Penistone Line Partnership back in 1993.I’m chair of Bolton Area Community Rail Partnership andvice-chair of Bolton Station Community Development Partnership, which is gradually transforming a large (and for too long, neglected) station as a community hub.
Politically, I’m a Northern Regionalist and supported The Yorkshire Party (formerly Yorkshire First), for which I stood in the General Election in Colne Valley, gaining a rather modest 572 votes.
I’m now back home in Lancashire, not part of any organised party but I support the work of Compass and Chartist. No single party has a monopoly of ‘correctness’. Philosophically, I’d would describe myself as a green social democrat with an anarchist tinge. This is despite having accepted an MBE for ‘services to the rail industry’. Huh!
I’m a ‘visiting professor’ at the University of Huddersfield, in the Department of Transport and Logistics. This involves some lecturing and conference organisation. I was recently appointed a Visiting Professor in ‘Worktown Studies’ at the University of Bolton, in the Faculty of Arts.
I was appointed to the board member of Transport Focus in 2013 – this is the national consumer body for rail, bus and tram passengers – and came off in 2016 wen I started working for Arriva UK Trains. These days I do odd bits of consultancy and journalism. Keeps me off the streets…..
To get in touch, go to ‘Contact’ page. Have fun, or ‘hwyl fawr’.