What was Beeching's worst railway cut? [BBC News]





Date: 27/03/2013

It is 50 years since Dr Richard Beeching's report on British Railways which led to hundreds of stations and 650 miles of railway line being closed in Scotland. The axing of the 98-mile Waverley Route from Edinburgh to Carlisle was the worst of all the Beeching cuts, according to author and railway expert David Spaven. The closure left the Scottish Borders as the only region of Britain without a train service and Hawick, 56 miles from Edinburgh and 42 miles from Carlisle, as the largest town farthest from a railway station.


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What was Beeching's worst railway cut?
Waverley Route protesters muster prior to the three-person delegation proceeding to 10 Downing Street

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The axing of the 98-mile 'Waverley Line' from Edinburgh to Carlisle was the worst of all the Beeching cuts, according to author and railway expert David Spaven.

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