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Freight (Road & Rail), Railways, Northwest England

Do we want Cumbria’s nuclear traffic on the roads?

Chris Barker, Hornsey London N8

I’m sure Network Rail would be able to make a ‘back of a fag packet’ estimate of the cost of running the Cumbrian Coast line (Letters LTT 22 Jun).

What would be more difficult is to estimate the consequent costs if it were closed. It is well established that closing a branch line results in loss of traffic on the connecting main lines and road congestion. In the case of Cumbria this is brought starkly into relief by the presence of Sellafield. Would we like nuclear traffic to...

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