In the House of Lords debate on the Schools Bill on Monday 18th July 2022, the Labour Party peer Lord Grocott mocked the fact that the first 18 clauses of the Bill have been withdrawn. He said to the minister,
But she must have realised by now that the Bill is beyond repair. If it does re-emerge, it will do so in such a different form from the one that started out that it will be tantamount to being a new Bill. In our attempts to improve it, I am reminded of the no doubt apocryphal British Rail announcement that the Wednesday afternoon train to Crewe would now run on Thursday mornings and would not stop at Crewe.
I'd never heard of this mythical announcement before, but I enjoyed the phrase. However, after a little bit of searching online, I could not find any record of similar expressions.
Is this announcement actually apocryphal? By which I mean, are there any references to similar announcements anywhere else?
Edit: To clarify, Lord Grocott is describing essentially a Ship of Theseus situation, where all clauses of the Bill are withdrawn and subsequently replaced, leading to questions about whether it can be said to be the same Bill. I am wondering if there are any other references to British Rail in literature to refer to this situation.