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More projects to reverse Beeching rail cuts given funding

Beeching cuts

Fifteen more proposals to reverse historical reductions in the rail network – known as the Beeching cuts – have secured development funding.

Boris Johnson pledged to “restore many of the rail services lost in the Beeching cuts”.

The Government has previously allocated £500 million towards accessing the feasibility of reopening closed lines and stations.

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Ten schemes were given development funding in May, with a further 15 announced on Wednesday in the National Infrastructure Strategy.

Projects to benefit from the latest round of funding include reopening Ferryhill station, County Durham; reinstating links between Bolton, Radcliffe and Bury, Greater Manchester; and restoring the link between Stratford-upon-Avon and the Honeybourne/Worcester/Oxford line.

British Railways chairman Dr Richard Beeching published a report in 1963 which led to the rail network being decimated.

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He recommended the closure of more than 6,000 miles of railway and 2,300 stations due to low demand and high costs. This was around a third of the network.

Here are the 15 projects being developed under the Government’s Beeching reversal fund:

  • Reopening Beeston Castle and Tarporley station, Cheshire.
  • Reopening St Anne’s Park station, Bristol.
  • Reopening Ferryhill station, County Durham.
  • Reinstating links between Bolton, Radcliffe, and Bury, Greater Manchester.
  • Reinstating the Stratford-upon-Avon to Honeybourne/Worcester/Oxford line.
  • New stations in Waverley, South Yorkshire.
  • A station in the Langport/Somerton area of Somerset.
  • Improved services from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
  • Improved services from Falmouth, Cornwall.
  • Upgrading the South Fylde line, Lancashire.
  • Upgrading the Maid Marian line between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
  • Reinstating rail access to Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
  • Restoring services between Swanage and Wareham, Dorset.
  • Restoring the South Humber rail link, Lincolnshire.
  • A new link between Consett and Newcastle.

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