We can now zip along to the capital in two hours and eight minutes.
This is thanks in part to the massively expensive pounds 8bn West Coast Main Line and Virgin's tilting Pendolino trains that shoot down the rails at 125mph.
But, in the same vein, the days of cheap train travel are sadly behind us.
The cheapest return ticket for a train arriving in London at 9am and returning at 5pm today was pounds 180 if booked last night - first class was pounds 399.
And all too often passengers are forced to stand or sit in corridors because of overcrowding. Joe Anderson is right to press Virgin to improve the service and add extra trains to the line.
He is not likely to see progress any time soon.
The inept way the railways were privatised in this country means that change does not happen quickly.
DAVID BARTLETT, LDP City editor