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Rural railways: no closures

Rural rail supporters will be comforted by the White Paper's commitment to safeguard the existing passenger rail network for at least the next five years. "The Government will not close any regional or rural routes in the period covered by the HLOS," says the DfT. "Nor does it envisage re-opening lines."

The focus will continue to be on increasing demand and reducing costs through the approaches outlined in the Community Rail Strategy. The Department says the rail industry...

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