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Divine inspiration from railway cuttings


NEW CIVIL ENGINEER reader Peter Stephens told amazed radio listeners last week that his planned route for a UK high speed railway line is so good he has mown it into his lawn.

Stephens told BBC Radio Five Live that he first started to mow his 0.5 hectare lawn in Wymondham, Norfolk into a perfect 1:22,000 map of the British Isles two years ago.

He then went on to strim in a high speed railway line that follows the route of the M1, believing it to be the best route to serve the whole country equally.

'I wasn't particularly keen on flowers or vegetables, ' he told NCE of his garden design.

Stephens, a vicar by profession, first started reading NCE when his son was a civil engineering graduate. He has since become a subscriber.

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