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Regeneration: Reinstating Britain's railways

Words: Mark Smulian
Train Tunnel

Half a century ago Lord Beeching took an axe to Britain’s railways. Now many closed lines could be reinstated alongside urban and suburban regeneration. Mark Smulian considers how what goes around comes around

Talk to any rail enthusiast and before long the words ‘Doctor Beeching’ will be spoken.Beeching closed about a quarter of Great Britain’s rail services in the mid-1960s, when he chaired British Railways, and has since been reviled by supporters of rail.His cuts, though, left the country criss-crossed by former railways and some still in use only for freight. Some have become........
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