But we smell a bit of a rat. Back in January we reported how train operating companies were trying to cut costs. One popular option was - dum dum dum - to cut carriages. With passenger numbers predicted to fall over the next few years (hitting TOCs in the pocket) and even the government cutting back on the number of carriages it's buying, could this be an attempt to spin cutbacks? We're totally in favour of environmentally friendly policies, but want to know they're not being used as a smokescreen for something else.
The Stalinist-sounding five year plan also warns that urban services in the south-east are reaching capacity, even though passenger numbers are unlikely to grow as quickly as originally thought. More investment is needed and the government may need to build new lines or start tinkering with timetables.