In answer to John Tippler ( Letters, December 17): I am sure Mark Peaker ( Letters, December 14) was talking of Brunel in a more general sense. We need that sense of urgency that Brunel would be proud of in the context of infrastructure such as Crossrail.
In fact Brunel would have been proud of the manner of the conversion of his broad gauge to Stephenson’s standard gauge. The conversion was literally overnight on the Paddington to Penzance line. Note that, government.
Infrastructure is the missing piece of the jigsaw to offset Brexit. A rapid implantation of Crossrail and expansion of all three main London airports (not just Heathrow) is the necessary medicine to persuade financial companies not just to remain in London but to expand operations. High Speed 2 also needs more urgency to make more room for the transport of rail freight on existing lines.
In fact, HS2 needs to be extended into Scotland and into Belfast via a fixed link. The challenges of Brexit and sustaining the United Kingdom interlap. Infrastructure is key.
Fittleworth, W Sussex, UK
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