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We don’t need big, showy rail projects—just fix the lines we have

The first step for government should not be to build fancy new rail infrastructure, but to fix the network we already have

By Jay Elwes  

A visitor walks the Elizabeth Line at at the launch of Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail at Museum of London Docklands. Photo: PA

Despite the sound and fury, both the Secretary of State and his Labour shadow effectively say the same thing—that Britain needs more transport infrastructure: roads, and especially rail. We should borrow, spend and build.

The only, and much-hyped, divergence comes on state ownership. Jeremy Corbyn—confirmed Bennite that he is—has made no secret of his wish to renationalise the railways. When you consider the appalling service that so…

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