Alan Williams


Something strange happened last month. Several readers complained that I had not been sufficiently critical of rail services in the North! Could it be that, after a decade of everyday exposure to the shortcomings of services hereabouts, I had become inured to the constant delays and cancellations, the long waits and the need to travel before you really need to, simply to allow recovery time in case of need? Had I forgotten just how efficient a half-decently operated railway can be, as practised not only in parts of Europe, but ‘down south’ as outlined by David Horne last month?

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