The Anonymous Widower

Will Another Of Beeching’s Closures Be Reversed?

Lord Beeching wrote his infamous reports about Britain’s railways in the 1960s and died in 1985.

He gets a lot of blame for today’s rail problems, from various interest groups, but to be fair, the problems were severe at the time and some managers cut a lot harder than he recommended.

I think that for example in Scotland and other places, rail lines were closed in such a way they could be reopened, whereas in others, the land was sold and to reopen the line would be impossible without spending billions.

In the last thirty years two things have happened; there are a lot more of us and we’ve discovered that trains are an increasingly useful method of transport.

So sometimes the reason why the Victorians built a line, is even more valid today. The soon to be reopened Borders Railway is probably more needed now, than it was when it was built, because leisure and tourism is so much more important.

The Borders Railway was a victim of the Beeching Cuts and will join a long list of lines and stations that have since reopened.

That list will continue to grow.

The latest possible reopening is detailed in this article on Global Rail News entitled Milestone for Portishead-Bristol line restoration. The article describes how the Portishead to Bristol Line could be incorporated into the Greater Bristol Metro or MetroWest.

If all goes well, it could open in 2019.

July 29, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Wish our local line hadn’t been closed. Have to drive 8 miles to pick up the train to London….

    Comment by Candia | July 29, 2015 | Reply

  2. Which Line Is That?

    Comment by AnonW | July 29, 2015 | Reply


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