Railway line cuts made in the 1960s will be’reversed.’
SAVAGE railway line cuts made in the 1960s will be reversed, with the first track reopening expected later this year, according to the Transport Secretary.
Grant Shapps told the conference that he sought to undo the “butchery” of Dr. Beeching’s cuts, which resulted in the closure of thousands of miles of rail. He also supported proposals to construct a unified nationwide train network under the Great British Railways moniker during a fringe event.
“I am a tremendous advocate for eliminating a lot of the butchery of the Dr Beeching era, the closures since 1964,” Mr Shapps remarked. And we’re planning to do so later this year. Before the end of the year, we’ll reopen the first line as part of our Beeching reversal plan. Others are currently being developed. It’s a thrilling prospect.” Mr. Shapps stated that the train network should have a “stable and trusted name.”
Later, he stated that “major transportation announcements, such as the integrated rail plan,” will be forthcoming.
He said that “forensic accounting” had shown attempts by rail operator Southeastern, which has been stripped of its franchise, to “conceal” £25 million owing to the taxpayer.