PAN UP: GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME PART ONE – GETTING IT WRONG

It’s too late for IEP, but not for HS2. Something better change

Across the UK the inter-city fleet has been transformed. Have you heard the buzz about Britain’s new trains? No, me neither.

I know I am biased; I never liked the concept of the Intercity Express Programme and its Government-procured replacement fleets for the Great Western and East Coast main lines. I could spend a couple of pages saying ‘I told you so’, but who wants that? Instead I thought I would ask a few top people in the industry what they thought of IEP, and to shed some light on how it was created. In order to get real opinions, I guaranteed anonymity.

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