SPECIAL OFFER: Save £4 on acclaimed Crossrail book

In an exclusive money-off offer for Inside Croydon supporters, you can save 20 per cent off the cost of the definitive book on the controversial, £17billion Crossrail project, written by the country’s foremost railway historian.

The Story of Crossrail is the biography of London’s newest railway line, which is now not due to be fully operational until 2020, two years behind schedule.

The book is the painstakingly compiled narrative by transport journalist Christian Wolmar, who has been described by The Guardian as “Our leading writer on the railways.”

The Times says Wolmar “is Britain’s foremost railway historian”.

Among his more recent works are Railways And The Raj, which will be the topic of a talk Wolmar is giving in Croydon next month, and of the 2016 booklet Are Trams Socialist?

And Inside Croydon Patrons can now order a signed copy of his latest book for £16 – £4 off the price in bookshops.

In The Story of Crossrail, Wolmar details a history that stretches back to the time of Churchill and Attlee, and explains how it took the creation of the new role of Mayor for London to ensure that finally it was given the go ahead. From Reading and Heathrow in the west, the Elizabeth Line will extend to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, including 26 miles of new tunnels dug under central London.

The book combines tales of political intrigue with the fascinating social history of how the line came to be developed and built. Wolmar explains that despite the delays, Londoners will be amazed by the new railway which has 200-metre long trains capable of carrying 1,500 people, air conditioning and 10 amazing new stations.

Trains, trams and bicycles: Christian Wolmar is the country’s foremost transport writer

A shrewdly incisive observer of postwar transport policy, Wolmar pays due credit to the remarkable achievement of Crossrail, while analysing in clear-eyed fashion the many setbacks it encountered en route to completion.

To order your copy of The Story of Crossrail at the special discounted price, you must be a supporter of Inside Croydon.

For £5 per month, Patrons provide vital financial support for the award-winning, campaigning journalism which Inside Croydon delivers daily.

For more information about how you can become an Inside Croydon Patron, please click here.

Patrons will be sent, by direct message, the discount code and instructions of how to order their copy of The Story of Crossrail.


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