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أحلامنا المشتركة -> Greens Press -> Massive railway closures likely
عدد مرات القراءة 17912006-01-31

Massive railway closures likely

The Labour government is now planning to close many local railway stations
and possibly large sections of railway line across the country, according to
a consultation paper leaked over the weekend. The Treasury has taken control
of the railway finances from the Independent Rail Regulator and Gordon Brown
is seeking to make major cuts in government subsidies which the railway
network can ill-afford.

The extent of this likely erosion of the railways is reminiscent of the
infamous Beeching closures. Dr Richard Beeching became chairman of British
Railways in 1961 under the Conservative Government and closed many of the
small local stations which were crucial to the survival of thriving, rural
communities. Since the destruction of vital transport links, we have seen a
decline in rural communities and increased reliance on cars. Together with
recent massive fare hikes, passengers are likely to leave the railways in
their droves.

Keith Taylor, Green Party Principal Speaker, comments, "It is appalling that
the current government with all its rhetoric about climate change, is taking
steps to undermine the viability of public transport and force the public
into cars. The railway network is vital both in terms of reducing reliance
on polluting vehicles and in maintaining links between isolated communities.
The tragedy of the 1960s under the Tories is about to be repeated under the
Labour government and this must not be allowed to happen.

"As part of the Railways Act 2005, the government closed down the Passenger
Committees and made closures easier to instigate. The public endure
irregular trains, crowding, extortionate fares and now closures with little
recourse for complaint. The privatisation of the railways under the Tories
is substantially to blame for these problems and Labour has done little to
improve the situation. We need a major re-think and major investment. Rather
than pouring millions into endless road-building schemes, Blair needs to put
his money where his mouth is and save one of Britain's best loved forms of
sustainable transport."






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