AT the age of 80 I have avoided the use of trains due to my bad back and not being able to stand.

The other week with my old school dinner at Oakham in Rutland I took a chance – and to my surprise found how good Crossrail trains are.

I had a reserved seat, there was a good trolley buffet and the trains ran to the minute of their timetable.

If Crossrail can do it why not the rest of the network?

PHILIP PEARCE-SMITH MBE, Holbury.