The tirade from Steve Trowbridge (NCE 17 November) was of some interest, although his geography and knowledge of the railway network is appalling.
The WCML goes into the heart of six northern cities:
Manchester, Preston, Lancaster, Carlisle, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The stations at Carlisle, Penrith. Oxenholme, Lancaster and Preston are but 20 minutes drive away from the M6 - and that is on a bad day.
To us in the real North West, ie north of Lancaster, the WCML is a lifeline; the main airports are all two hours drive away and from the main line we can access anywhere in the UK.
The naked truth is that we have suffered long enough from inadequate investment and we are happy that we will soon be fully clothed again.
What I can't understand is Mr Trowbridge's beef: he does not live anywhere near the WCML!
Donald A Wroe (F), Barnside, Bouth, Ulverston