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LORD ADONIS COMMENTS ON REVERSING THE WORST MISTAKES OF BEECHING
Lord Adonis set out ambitions to reopen mothballed or freight only lines to passengers, reinstate stations on existing lines and rebuild stretches of completely dismantled routes at the Institute for Public Policy Research.
“The case for a systematic – not piecemeal – policy of reversing the worst mistakes of Beeching is now overwhelmingly strong,” he said. “This is a practical, sensible, green, affordable policy, and I set it out as a key building block of transport policy for the next decade.”
Lord Adonis highlighted that the long term impact on communities of losing rail services to Dr Beeching’s cuts has been “devastating” in terms of lost population and jobs.
He said there are some 30 large towns in England with populations above 25,000 which lack rail connectivity, while significant parts of major conurbations are also “rail deserts”, particularly in the West Midlands and North East.
His top priorities for reinstating and upgrading mothballed or underused lines to passengers include the freight only Burton-on-Trent to Leicester line, the Bristol to Portishead line, the Leamside line in the North East and the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line north of Newcastle.
He also urged several routes and stations to be reopened as additions to the West Midlands Metro in and around Birmingham.
Other short stretches of rebuilt line that would be transformational, he said, include Newcastle-under-Lyme to Stoke-on-Trent, Skelmersdale to Kirkby (north of Liverpool), Daventry to Weedon in Northamptonshire and Cirencester to Kemble in Gloucestershire. Lines from Cambridge to Haverhill, Radley to Abingdon near Oxford and March to Wisbech near Peterborough should also be rebuilt, he proposed.
Funding for these schemes, he suggested, could come from the recently cancelled M4 Relief Road at Newport and the “ludicrous tunnel” proposed for the A303 beneath Stonehenge, which he argued should also be cancelled.
“Add in a few other politically motivated but unjustified road schemes and you have an initial £5Bn Reverse Beeching fund,” he said. “That’s enough to make a bold start on the first set of projects, which should be agreed through a competitive evaluation next year.
“If the state can shut down 3700 stations and 8000 miles of track in 30 years, it can reopen a hundred stations and miles of track in the next decade or two.”
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