Well, it’s been a good day. Paul Cook and I have visited two very different groups and stations on the Merseyrail network. I’m not going to give anything away, all I’m going to say is what a privilege it is to see what so many groups are doing to improve their local stations.

Admittedly, getting back is a slight challenge as Liverpool Lime St station’s in the throes of a massive Network Rail rebuilding programme that’s reduced the number of platforms 9 to 2. Most services are cut back to Liverpool South Parkway, so I’ve had to wait awhile for a train. Mind you, on the way in I saw this sigh by Broad Green station which nafe me chuckle. It’s a play on an old Scouse joke. If you get it – let me know!

Tomorrow’s going to be a looonnngg day. We have to hot-foot it to London to judge one station before I head off to a Siemens press lunch, so I get to go from one end of the spectrum to the other which is always fascinating