Learning the lessons from Beeching

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Beeching Report, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Transport, Alan Reid MP said:

"Dr Beeching’s report sent shockwaves through the British rail industry and resulted in the closure of thousands of stations and the loss of thousands of jobs.

“Liberal Democrats recognise the central importance of an easily accessible public transport system to building a stronger economy in a fairer society.

“That’s why Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government are making huge investments in projects like High Speed Rail and making £20m available to reopen stations closed following the Beeching report.

“We must continue to build on this work and make public transport, including rail, as widely available as possible and a recognised alternative to journeys by car.”

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