Recent letters have commented on the enviable reputation of the French transport system.
I remember reading in an NCE editorial in the 1980s some scathing comments about the lack of viability of French high-speed lines financed by the public purse.
But the financial disasters of, for example, Eurotunnel and British Rail privatisation, coupled with an incapacity to build other transport projects vigorously with entirely private finance (CTRL, Crossrail), have changed some perceptions in England.
While not always being an admirer of bureaucracy here, I hope England wakes up to the reality of the situation without relying on the experiences of people returning from their holiday in France. Otherwise the gridlock in south east England could soon spread everywhere.
Ian Robertson, Andresy, France, robertson. email@example.com