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Beeching anniversary must signal bold future for the railways

27 March 2013
Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the Department for Transport's decision to fund three new railway stations and has called on Government to extend the New Stations Fund so it can reconnect communities across the country to the rail network.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said

"Dr Beeching would have been astounded that 50 years on from his notorious cuts, we are talking about building new stations. It's great news that more people will be able to travel by train. Investing in rail is good for the economy and for communities. The challenge is now to reopen lines as well as stations."

Campaign for Better Transport has today published 'Beeching 50 – ten key reopening proposals'. This details Beeching closures which should be reversed to connect places not on the network, support regeneration, increase rail freight and improve journeys between major towns and cities.

The 10 selected schemes are listed below, with details in the report.

1. Ashington - Blyth - Newcastle
2. Portishead - Bristol
3. South Staffordshire Railway
4. Leamside line
5. Lewes - Uckfield
6. Skipton - Colne
7. Leicester - Burton-on-Trent
8. Fleetwood – Preston
9. Wisbech
10. Totton - Hythe


Notes to Editors
1. The £20m New Stations Fund will be used to support new stations at Ilkeston (Derbyshire), Pye Corner (Newport, South Wales) and Lea Bridge (East London), with a final announcement due in May.

2. Campaign for Better Transport has campaigned for investment in new stations. The establishment of a fund for new stations and lines is a key recommendations of Re-opening Railways - the case for growing the rail network and how it can be achieved (Campaign for Better Transport, July 2012)

3. 'Beeching 50 – ten key reopening proposals' is available from the Campaign for Better Transport website.