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The railway lobby has impaired rational policy-making

Paul Withrington Director Transport Watch Northampton NN2
05 March 2018

John Helm (Letters LTT 16 Feb) asks why railway conversion has not taken off. He says the network had 25,400 route miles in 1926, equivalent to 44,000 route-km. Now there are close to only 16,000km. Why, he asks, have these closed lines not been converted to roads if conversion is such a good idea?  

Firstly, most closures were in areas where there was no road congestion and little traffic. Secondly, since the rest of the railway remained, the closed lines could not form a network....

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