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Dedicated to speed

The decision by Railtrack to abandon plans to upgrade the West Coast Main Line to carry piggy back traffic was inevitable, since a quart will not fit into a pint pot. Unfortunately I believe that the wrong project has been abandoned. The upgrading to 225km/h in some places should have been abandoned, leaving the WCML to accommodate more freight and regional passenger trains.

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