Birmingham New Street to Chester

Sited in the middle of nowhere, adjacent to nothing more than a footbridge and a dual carriageway – if this is all there is to central Telford you dread to think how lifeless the suburbs are.

Chester to Llandudno

At Chester station groups of middle-aged men shuffle towards the exit, Racing Posts beneath arms, Debenhams shirts tucked in jeans, breakfast beers on breath.

Hereford to Cardiff Central

The guard’s unfortunate inflection gives everything he says a quizzical tone. Commuters cannot cope with this level of implied uncertainty.