And it Wasn't Cheap!
So European transport projects are not always superior to the UK. What is left is more of a tram system with metro-style underground bits. At least in the UK, projects don't even get started**.
The elecrification schemes for the Midland Main Line and TransPennine routes by Network Rail have officially been “paused”, the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin has announced, in order for work on the over-budget and delayed Great Western Main Line electrification to be completed.“Electrification of the Great Western Line is a top priority and I want Notwork Rail to concentrate its efforts on getting that right” said McLoughlin.
** OK, fbb does know about London's Northern Line extensions that were never completed or opened.