We were initially confused by news reports about the proposed high speed rail line. It’s not going direct to Liverpool, but the reports said journey times to London would be reduced to 96 minutes because there was a ‘link’ line to Crewe. It turns out this means you’d have to catch a standard train at Lime Street, then change to a faster train at Crewe. So the Manchester to London journey time will be significantly quicker (68 minutes), plus for Liverpool there will be the added disadvantage of having to change trains. Sounds like a raw deal for the city. Also it’s incredible that it’s going to take 20 years to build – would the Victorians have accepted that?!