STILL GOING FOR A QUART IN A PINT POT

Railtalk

At a recent industry gathering, we asked a senior industry official what he thought was the best way of dealing with the ongoing congestion problems and poor performance of services that cross the Manchester conurbation. ‘Turn the Ordsall chord into a Mancunian version of New York’s High Line’ was the arch reply. Of course, our interviewee was being flippant, but how has it come to the point where anyone could suggest that an £85 million investment in the railway, garlanded with industry awards as a great engineering triumph when it opened two years ago, should be turned into an urban garden?

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