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Beeching rail protests

Rail campaigners are marking the 50th anniversary of the Beeching Report today by staging protests against cost-cutting. The report, published in 1963, led to a savage axing of train routes and stations.

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Unions to protest at 35 train stations nationwide

Rail campaigners will protest against cost-cutting on the railways today to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beeching Report.

Unions are concerned that recent cuts outlined in a Whitehall-commissioned report by Sir Roy McNulty, often seen as a "Beeching mark two", will impact on rail safety.

Today the Unions will take part in a TUC Action for Rail campaign event by holding protests at 35 stations nationwide.

The TUC fears cost cutting could, over the next six years, lead to:

  • More than 20,000 railway jobs put at risk
  • The closure of 675 ticket offices
  • A 50% increase in the number of unstaffed stations

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