Alan Williams

Ever since I forsook the leafy glades of the Surrey Hills at Effingham for the moors of North Yorkshire 10 years ago, I have been waiting for the railway hereabout to catch up. What Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls ‘levelling up’. But instead, those of us with an interest in railways have watched with increasing frustration as ‘exciting’ plans have been announced, then cancelled, then re-announced again and again, all without any real progress.

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