Published: 30th Apr 2020

The Department for Transport (DfT) is inviting MPs, local councils and community groups across England and Wales to propose how they could reinstate axed ‘Beeching’ rail routes. Richard Beeching’s now-infamous reports from 1963 and 1965 saw large swathes of the country’s rail capacity permanently reduced after he recommended removing over 5,000 miles of tracks and mothballing 2363 stations due to poor economic performance. However, with pre-lockdown commuters regularly packed onto bursting trains, the government are keen on bringing them back into use and are offering 75% of costs up to £50,000 for successful proposals. The proposals should be sponsored by MPs working with local authorities and community groups. Proposals will then be put to a panel of experts, with successful ideas offered support from an ‘Ideas Fund’ to help develop more detailed business cases. The DfT says the most important part of the application is making it clear what the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)