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Rail News: Issue 302 12 Jan 2007

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DfT blamed for week-long line closure

The Department for Transport has this week been blamed for the week-long closure of two community rail lines in the South West of England.

Julia Thomas, public transport campaigner for campaign group Transport 2000, said: “The DfT removed a staggering 29 carriages from First Great Western’s franchise in December - down to 104 carriages from 133.

Those trains are now just sitting in storage. The remaining trains are breaking down more and passengers are being forced to take...

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