Having ridden trains in 40 countries, I know that one has to go to some of the poorest in Africa to find a similar level of miserable service. And they at least have cheap fares!
Of course, it was no better under British Rail, suggesting that we simply lack the political will as a nation to provide the quality of public transport which is taken for granted in modern countries as different as Sweden, Spain and Singapore. It certainly makes it difficult to remain convinced that rail is a viable alternative to the plane or the car.
Professor MICHAEL CARLEY