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Something that I “just don’t get” – having availed of the hyper-bargain 25 pence each way fare Marylebone-Brum Moor Street courtesy of Chiltern Trains – is why services between London and Brumingham are not switched onto the existing lines via Banbury and Leamington Spa which very clearly have considerable unused capacity.

We could electrify almost the entire UK rail network and tackle the capacity constraint into/out of Brum New Street and have bucketfuls of change left over from the cost of HS2…