The Anonymous Widower

The East Coast Main Line And The A14

I finally managed to get pictures of the new route of the A14 as it crosses over the East Coast Main Line.

This Google Map shows the crossing from above.

I do wonder, why in the 1990s, when they created the A14, they didn’t do a proper job?

But then history shows that Governments don’t seem to get East-West links in the UK right.

  • Road and rail links across the Pennines are inadequate.
  • Only recently have Edinburgh and Glasgow been properly connected by rail.
  • The electrification of the Great Western Railway between London and Swansea has been an on-off project, that should have been done after electrification of the East Coast Main Line, before the team of engineers had been disbanded.
  • Road and rail links to the port of Holyhead were ignored for years and could be improved again.
  • The Varsity Line between Oxford and Cambridge was recommended by Beeching to be kept, but Harold Wilson closed it and now we are recreating it.

Is it because none of these routes are of much importance for politicians and civil servants living in London?

September 9, 2021 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Couldn’t agree more, I still recall my first journey from Birmingham to Norwich.

    Comment by fammorris | September 9, 2021 | Reply

  2. Unfortunate typo re Harold Wilson!

    Comment by Melvyn | September 9, 2021 | Reply

  3. Fixed! Thanks!

    Comment by AnonW | September 9, 2021 | Reply

  4. Radial routes from/to London have been a priority for many years. The ‘trunk’ roads were numbered 1 to 12, and the orbital M25 was a priority for numerous governments for as long as I can remember. National government has always been London based in modern times, as have most government departments. The Manchester to Sheffield rail route was provided principally to handle coal traffic. When road transport became viable, largely thanks to official promotion of the same in preference to rail which was shamefully neglected, there was a perfect excuse to close numerous rail links, many oriented east/west. The roads lobby was and still is very powerful.
    Politicians as a breed will always put their interests first, pander to their financial supoporters, and dress up their decisions as being for the good of the community.

    Comment by Steve Edmondson | September 9, 2021 | Reply


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