50 years since Beeching's cuts

It's fifty years ago next week the region was in shock as the infamous Dr Richard Beeching announced plans to close stations and railway lines all over the south.

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Looking back at Beeching's cuts

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been looking back at the region's railways, nearly 50 years on from the announcement by Dr Richard Beeching to close railway lines all over the south.

The Government of the day was desperate to reduce heavy losses being made by the railway - as people flocked to the roads. Beeching, who was from Kent, recommended closing over 2,000 stations and 6,000 miles of track - around a third of the network.

The impact on jobs was massive - 67,000 lost. For passengers, it meany fare rises of ten per cent. This is our first special report.

Michael Palin on the impact of Beeching's rail cuts

Fifty years ago the region was in shock after the infamous Dr Richard Beeching announced plans to close stations and railway lines all over the south.

The Government of the day was desperate to reduce heavy losses being made by the railway as people flocked to the roads.

In Kent, Beeching recommended closing over 2,000 stations and 6,000 miles of track - around a third of the network.

This week we'll be looking back at the impact of the cuts. Michael Palin was a student at Oxford when they were made. He speaks to Mike Pearse.

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