Readers criticise Chris Grayling’s response to a damning report about the rail timetable fiasco, and his defence of Theresa May’s Brexit plan

The “sweeping review” of the rail system (Sweeping review, same old broom, 21 September) appears not to identify the gross regional disparities in infrastructure funding across different parts of Britain. This despite the outcry when electrification of train lines in the north was delayed at the same time that further huge investment was announced in the south-east.

The imbalance was further revealed when, last week, it became clear that the much-heralded new trains for the east coast line will only be able to reach the planned high speeds in the south, because the older infrastructure in the north is incompatible with the demands of the electrification system of the new trains; so beyond Doncaster, the power will have to switch to diesel and speeds will be lower.

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