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The rail network is nothing more than a big train set

Paul Withrington Director, Transport-Watch Northampton NN2
02 February 2018

John Helm misrepresents me (Letters LTT5 Jan). He says I use the ghost of Dr Beeching to justify dismembering the rail system. Instead, I canvas for putting the rail network to good use rather than preserving it as a kind of fully modernised transport museum whose main function is to enable grown men to play with a VERY BIG train set.

Mr Helm suggests that, if we should close branch lines then, by the same logic, we should close minor roads. However, those railway lines give access only to...

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