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5.0 out of 5 stars Suberb exposee of government incompetence, 22 May 2009
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This review is from: Eleven Minutes Late: A Train Journey to the Soul of Britain (Hardcover)
For anyone who likes travelling by rail and believes that rail travel is a good thing this book is a must. The author takes a trip from Penzance to Thurso and back, going as fast as he can up and meandering down. In doing so he demonstrates beautifully the occasional joys and many vexations of travelling by rail in Britain. However, the book is not just about the trip, it also covers in detail the history of how the railways came to be built and of the staggering incompetence of government policy towards the railways over the past 150 years, culminating in the appallingly botched privatisation in the 1990's and why no government is prepared to invest what it takes to give us the railway system we deserve in a country that is ideally suited for rail travel. A fine piece of work.
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2012 13:09:58 BDT
J Price says:
After half a lifetime involved with railways and being an ardent opponent of Britain's need for High Speed Rail from London to (near) Birmingham (HS2) I am intrigued enough by reading the 'most helpful' and 'most critical' reviews of "Eleven Minutes Late" to buy the Kindle edition to take on my masochistic travels tomorrow via the TGV across France!
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