Off the rails.

The month running up to local elections is governed by the “purdah rules” which forbid governments and local authorities from announcing major projects that might tilt the result in favour of their supporters.
That’s the theory anyway, but word doesn’t seem to have reached the Welsh Labour Government in Cardiff which this morning outlined plans for a £300 million high-speed railway link between Pembrokeshire and the Welsh capital.
No doubt Labour candidates at next month’s local elections will be flogging this for all its worth.
The revolutionary new design, which allows speeds of up to 400 mph,  involves trains being propelled along a large steel tube by compressed air.
This idea was first used by Brunel who constructed a pneumatic railway under the Thames in the late nineteenth century.
Unfortunately that system failed because the leather seals that prevented the high pressure air from escaping past the train tended to perish in the damp conditions underground.
However, with modern plastic materials, this problem has now been overcome and 100% airtightness can now be guaranteed.
Because of the town’s connection with Brunel, Neyland has been chosen as the terminus at the Pembrokeshire end of the line.
The Japanese railway expert Professor Hyma Taikindemiki, who has designed the project, told this morning’s news conference that  this will be a huge boost to the Welsh economy.
“People from Cardiff who want to enjoy a day’s shopping in Neyland will be able to leave home after nine in the morning and easily make it home in time for tea.” he told BBC Wales.