Monday, 8 April 2013

Baroness Thatcher RIP

Farewell Iron Lady from the iron road!

Over the last fifty years the Tory Party has had little to shout about where the railways are concerned - think Marples and Major!

However, under Blessed Margaret Hilda's premiership the following were delivered:
  • Electrification of the East Coast Main Line (with new InterCity 225 train sets)
  • Brand new DMUs for the Regional Railways business
  • And the Chunnel - as a rail link
And of course we also had support for Sir Robert Reid's business led railway and Sectorisation (before the idiot Major's 'botched privatisation'). 

As @swirlythingy pointed out on twitter, this says as much about the quality of the business cases put forward by BR managers as it does about Mrs T.

But even so, not bad for someone allegedly implacably opposed to the railway.

The Fact Compiler doffs his bowler to Margaret Hilda Thatcher. RIP.

East Coast not broken, why fix?

The Fact Compiler's latest column in Passenger Transport published on the 29th March...

The next edition of Passenger Transport will be published on the 12th of April.

Pointless signs - Reading

This from John Brinicombe Lee...


Although this sign is technically correct the access maybe a little tricky.