As the late Robert Adley MP said nearly 20 years ago in reference to the tragic closure of the Great Central Main Line; it was an act of national short-sightedness, folly, and sheer moronic vandalism.
It should have been preserved as the obvious high speed route from the North to the Channel Tunnel (and still could be including of course).
Transport minister Ruth Kelly and her advisers should realise that Britain's need for expanded railway capacity in the future is insatiable and every bit of the infrastructure will be needed.
There can be no excuse for the crass mistakes of the 1960s and 70s being made again.
PETER J OWEN, firstname.lastname@example.org