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    Tories to reverse Beeching

    They'll be having some interesting conversations with Sustrans who have spent years turning a lot of the closed rail network in these parts to cycle paths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Blue Plymouth View Post
    Tories to reverse Beeching

    They'll be having some interesting conversations with Sustrans who have spent years turning a lot of the closed rail network in these parts to cycle paths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Blue Plymouth View Post
    Tories to reverse Beeching

    They'll be having some interesting conversations with Sustrans who have spent years turning a lot of the closed rail network in these parts to cycle paths.
    £500m wont get them much.

    Cost per mile of between £4.5m and £11m depending on required infrastructure (bridges, tunnels, stations ) according to this :

    https://www.railfuture.org.uk/east/d...s-Analysis.pdf
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    HS2 will cost around £400m per mile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Blue Plymouth View Post
    Tories to reverse Beeching

    They'll be having some interesting conversations with Sustrans who have spent years turning a lot of the closed rail network in these parts to cycle paths.
    Good luck with that, considering a lot of old railway lines have been built on, or used in part for roads and road viaducts.

    This all sounds like Tory dogwhistle politics to appeal to old timers with fond memories of steam trains etc etc, and is a pretty tawdry outdated vision for the 21st century.
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    There are definitely some routes that could/should be reopened but, as others have said, it'll be impossible to do that for all the routes axed where they have been repurposed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlHoot View Post
    Good luck with that, considering a lot of old railway lines have been built on, or used in part for roads and road viaducts.

    This all sounds like Tory dogwhistle politics to appeal to old timers with fond memories of steam trains etc etc, and is a pretty tawdry outdated vision for the 21st century.
    I was just having fond memories of the old Slow and Dirty which, of course, I'm too young to remember though I did have my first legover up Midford Tunnel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Blue Plymouth View Post
    I was just having fond memories of the old Slow and Dirty which, of course, I'm too young to remember though I did have my first legover up Midford Tunnel.
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