So despite some furious lobbying from Astragal, the government has chosen to ignore the call for a monorail to serve our nation’s capital, and instead opted for something called Crossrail. This locomotive network has been 17 years in the pipeline, and looks set to finally be given the thumbs up by Tony Blair. Crossrail could soon be linking London with such exotic wonders as Slough, Langley and Taplow in the west, and Romford, Brentwood and Shenfield in the east. Had the government taken on board Astragal’s idea of a monorail, however, Londoners could be gliding to and from work high above the buildings, just like The Jetsons. Instead, they’ll be battling for seats on a poor man’s tube with shoppers from Slough travelling to Oxford Street to have a fight in Primark.