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Recommended Reading

March 10, 2010

For an entertaining account of the troubled history of Britain’s railways we recommend Matthew Engel’s book “11 Minutes Late”.

The book tells the sorry tale of nearly 200 years of government bungling over the nation’s network, taking in the poorly planned nationalisation of 1948 and the even worse-planned privatisation of the 1990’s.

It’s an illuminating, sometimes depressing, account of how we’ve arrived at our current unique position, and explains only too clearly why passenger-focused investment and modernisation have become so terribly difficult for anyone to deliver.

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