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.