Railways nonetheless in chaos 60 years after the Beecham report destroyed our rail community

Railways still in chaos 60 years after the Beecham report destroyed our rail network

Dolgarrog station in North Wales is a windswept, unmanned halt. There are solely 5 trains a day, and generally nobody will get on or off.

However it deserves a spot in railway historical past as the primary station to reopen after being closed underneath the notorious Beeching Cuts 60 years in the past.

It was closed for eight months earlier than railway worshipers returned to this distant Conwy Valley location on the Llandudno Junction-Blaenau Ffestiniog line.

In 2021/22, the newest 12 months for which figures can be found, passenger numbers have elevated sevenfold to, uh, 778 – lower than a single commuter prepare to Waterloo.

Dolgarrog station receives solely 5 trains a day(Each day Put up Wales)

A narrative of survival, all the identical. Many didn’t survive. This week in 1963, Dr Beeching wielded his ax that closed greater than half of Britain’s stations – over 2,000 – and closed 5,000 miles of observe.

About 67,000 staff misplaced their jobs. Railway cities akin to Crewe, Swindon, Eastleigh and Horwich declined. Complete rural communities and even massive cities have misplaced their connection to the system. Carnage on an industrial scale.

Beeching was not of the “railway household”. He was the technical director of the chemical big ICI. He was employed for the hatchet job by Ernest Marples, a dodgy Tory Minister of Transport whose cash got here from constructing roads.

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