This is one of my favourite subjects to rant about. Check the map and, apart from Portugal- a country of 10 million with less than half the population density of the UK- see if you can spot any country in Western Europe without a red, high-speed line in it (The poxy piece between Waterloo and the channel tunnel doesn't count, IMO).
Yeah, I know. You can't.
Thanks, Maggie, John "Y-fronts" Major and Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara!