Beeching's legacy

In a series of reports to be shown on ITV News Anglia, we look at the legacy in the Anglia region left by Dr Beeching's cuts to the railway.

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Dr Richard Beeching holding aloft a copy of the pamphlet 'The Reshaping of British Railways', in Marylebone, London. Credit: PA

Fifty years ago Dr Richard Beeching's report 'The Reshaping of British Railways' changed the country's rail network forever.

Dr Beeching had made it his job to "make the railways pay", and around 2,000 stations were axed.

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  1. Claire McGlasson

Beeching's legacy: Fifty years after the cuts

A steam train Credit: ITV News Anglia

In one of our reports coming up on ITV News Anglia (6pm tonight) Claire McGlasson is at the Nene Valley Railway in Peterborough.

The Peterborough to Rugby line was one of the railways shut down after the Beeching report in 1963.

Brian White, curator of the museum, said: "This line was principal in making Peterborough the large city that it is today.

"On the day it opened they suggest that the interest in the railway doubled the population of Peterborough. It brought a lot of people into the city and industrially it was important."

Claire McGlasson onboard a steam train in Peterborough Credit: ITV News Anglia
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