Government seeks to reopen historic railway lines
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a £500 million fund to reopen a number of historic railway lines which were closed during the 20th Century.
However, Labour said the funding would pay for “just 25 miles of railway” to be reopened.
One of the first beneficiaries is likely to be the northern town of Fleetwood, which currently lacks a railway connection. An economic and social assessment will be carried out to determine whether to proceed.
Thousands of rail stations were closed in the 1960s, largely rural and industrial lines, following publication of the Beeching report, which aimed to cut the growing debts of the nationalised British rail.