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Beeching rail cuts 50 years on

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the wide sweeping restructure of the British rail network by Doctor Richard Beeching.

Rail passengers reach all time record on Beeching 50th anniversary

There has been another big rise in the number of people using rail services in the south, with passengers numbers reaching an all time high.

Official figures from the Government's rail regulator show there were 262 million journeys in the region in the last quarter of 2012, a 5% increase.

The figures from the Office of Rail Regulation, come fifty years after Dr Richard Beeching cut rail services by a third because fewer people were using trains.

The British Rail Chairman from Kent was tasked with coming up with a solution to a network losing millions of pounds.

His report led to the closure of 6,000 miles of track and 2,000 stations.

Next week on ITV Meridian we'll have a special series of reports looking back at the Beeching cuts and how the railway of today plans to cope with increasing demand.

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