ECML upgrade: DfT jumps the shark

Aterm created by the poet and satirist Alexander Pope has been coming to mind as I have been battling through first the Williams-Shapps Plan (an ongoing campaign) and now the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP). The more I have analysed the ‘plans’, it has dawned that their authors may have a grand vision of the railway they want to create but no grasp of what will be involved in achieving it – assuming it is achievable.

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