25 OCTOBER 1940, Page 14


Snt,—I wish to protest against the attack on the railways made by your correspondent R. C. Evans in The Spectator of October 18th. The line from this place to London serves both main and local traffic The destinations of the trains are called as they arrive by the porter, on the platforms, and this practice makes plain to travellers any diversion of traffic from other lines, as a result of damage from air raids to tracks or stations. Such diversion must be necessary at times on many lines all over the country, and this is only one of many traffic problems. Sometimes the delays are considerable, but for the most part the diverted traffic runs smoothly and to a reasonable schedule. I have not heard complaints from workers who have to make the double journey daily; they understand the reasons for delay. I imagine Mr. Evans does not travel often between London and Cambridge, and if his train was no more than fifty minutes late he has little to complain about. The railways have had a desperately hard time ever since war began, and I consider they have maintained a high standard of efficient and courteous service without much gratitude or recognition of their difficulties.—Yours faithfully,

Ormiston, Virginia Water, Surrey. D. R. Bown.