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Borderline case

Letters

Antony Oliver (Comment 15 December) emphasises that, with the exception of the West Coast railway, transport spending has been concentrated in south-east England.

But does he not realise that the 200km/h West Coast train service 'all the way from London to Scotland' does not stop at the border but continues to Glasgow, 160km further on?

It is not the first 200km/h Anglo-Scottish service of course. That began in the 1970s, on the East Coast route to Edinburgh, with some trains continuing to Glasgow. The difference now is that the train has to tilt to accommodate the curvature on the West Coast route.

While he acknowledges that much of the UK is crying out for investment in transport, his London-Scotland reference belies lack of awareness of the rest of the country.

The West Coast improvements are commendable, if overdue, and the Scottish Executive, which has responsibility for transport in the 32% of the UK which comprises Scotland, is making substantial moves in the right direction.

But otherwise there is little evidence of improvement in the rest of the country. Witness the cancellation of the Leeds and Liverpool tramway projects.

Sandy Edward (M) athedward@hotmail. com

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