Railway heritage at risk from Highways Englands wrecking ball [Railstaff]

Date: 06/01/2021

Hundreds of potentially useful disused railway structures are threatened with demolition or infilling by Highways England under plans described by one campaigner as finishing off what Dr Beeching started. The government-owned company is responsible for managing the Department for Transports Historical Railways Estate (HRE) - a collection of around 3,200 bridges, tunnels and viaducts - some of which carry or span routes earmarked for walking and cycling, or for reopened railways and extensions to heritage lines. Blocking or severing the alignments would make reuse more difficult and expensive, possibly preventing the proposals from coming to fruition.

External links


Related news items

Tags: x Highways England x Beeching x At risk

08/01/2021Heritage body lifts barrier of opposition to residential development of historic Angus railway sheds [The Courier]
08/01/2021Greenloaning Station and House - Historic Environment Scotland Listing (HES) - Consultation closes 12th January 2021 [Braco and Greenloaning Community Council]
08/01/2021Historic Scottish rail bridges being filled in blocksfuture cycle routes [Scotsman]
07/12/2020Developers come back with redesign to breathe new life into historic Newtyle railway buildings [The Courier]
24/11/2020North-east train stations prime contenders for reopening as Scottish Conservatives pledge review of 1960s Beeching railway cuts [Press and Journal]
22/11/2020TV: Walking Britains Lost Railways returns to Channel 5 for new series [Herald Scotland]
22/11/2020Scots Tory leader Douglas Ross on track to reverse Beeching cuts [The Times]
05/10/2020Jacobs to manage Highways Englands railway assets - New Civil Engineer [New Civil Engineer]
28/09/2020Top award for Tynemouth station campaigner Ylana First [Tyne and Wear Metro]
01/09/2020Beeching Reversed: Reopening of the Northumberland Line [Rail Engineer]
18/07/2020LNER 'not running coronavirus safe service' [Scotsman]
23/05/2020Isle of Wight railway plans move closer - government funds awarded [IoW County Press]
29/04/2020Maid of the Loch 'needs urgent financial help', charity says [Helensburgh Advertiser]
15/04/2020The story of how a neglected Yorkshire railway closed by Beeching was given a new identity [Whitby Gazette]
25/03/2020Concerns as Northlink carry on 'business as usual' amid coronavirus crisis [Press and Journal]
28/02/2020Volunteers to bring new stretch of historic Aberdeenshire railway line back to life [Press and Journal]
10/02/2020Plan to restore rail links to Galloway [Galloway Gazette]
01/02/2020Can a restored railway line get Fleetwood back on track? [The Guardian]
28/01/2020Beeching rail cuts: Fund to restore lines goes ahead amid criticism [BBC News]
28/01/2020Plans for Cirencester to Kemble railway are a step closer [Gloucestershire Live]
10/09/2019Guide to railway walks is on track to success [Inverness Courier]
28/08/2019ScotRail ticket office cuts sparks strike ballot threat [Scotsman]
22/05/2019British Steel enters insolvency endangering 5,000 jobs [BBC News]
10/04/2019First Minister urged to help save rail depot where 200 jobs are at risk [ITV News]
26/12/2018Axed rail routes may be reopened under new Department for Transport plans [Sky News]
28/11/2018Rosemary Goring: Running a railway doesn't have to be rocket science [Herald]
02/05/2018Kenilworth rail station reopens after 50 years [BBC News]
24/04/2018Rail staff to go on strike in May and June [Scotsman]
15/02/2018Strike threat as ScotRail 'cuts health and safety department' [Herald]
28/11/2017The joy of the adventurous railway poster [Independent]
27/07/2017SNP pledges to consider reopening of north-east railway at party conference [Press and Journal]
25/04/2017David Spaven: There is whisky galore but we must mind the gap and let rail take strain [Scotsman]
04/03/2017Protecting former line could cut cost of new railway by millions [Press and Journal]
11/02/2017No-frills mini trains offer route to reopening lines that Beeching shut [Sunday Times]
22/09/2016Scotland's most northerly railway line 'facing closure' [Scotsman]
28/06/2016HS2 has unrealistic timetable, says National Audit Office [BBC News]
15/03/2016HS2 denies claims that its trains are at risk of derailing at top speeds [Guardian]
12/03/2016HS2 at risk of derailing at top speeds, report finds [Telegraph]
13/12/2015Apperley Bridge's new railway station opens [BBC News]
05/11/2015Proposed job cuts 'put at risk safe running of ScotRail', according to transport union [Daily Record]
30/07/2015Milestone for Portishead-Bristol line restoration [Rail News]
03/05/2015Study to look at Blaencwm railway tunnel reopening [BBC News]
15/04/2015Danger as tram surfers putting lives at risk [Evening News]
04/02/2015The railway lines alarmingly close to the sea [BBC]
28/12/2014Travel chaos as Heathrow Express hits metal trolley left by Network Rail engineers [Telegraph]
20/11/2014Old railway stations to reopen [Evening News]
18/07/2014Strathspey steam railway continues to make tracks to Grantown [Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
27/04/2014Scruton station on Wensleydale Railway reopens after 60 years [BBC News]
26/04/2014Steaming into action! Restored locomotives cut an impressive sight as they travel along North Yorkshire heritage railway line [Mail]
18/01/2014Campaigners call on MPs to restore Ripon railway link [Yorkshire Post]
03/12/2013East Yorkshire Minsters rail campaign suffers setback [BBC News]
27/10/2013Railway line shut by Beeching 'can save us £36bn' [Mail]
19/10/2013Norham Railway Station near Berwick is put up for sale [Journal]
06/09/2013Long-distance trains at greatest risk of delays [Which?]
01/08/2013Hundreds of Railcare jobs at risk in Glasgow and Milton Keynes [BBC News]
10/06/2013Ashington Blyth and Tyne rail line restoration scheme gets green light [The Journal]
27/03/2013Beeching was right says Influential Railway Panel [Rail.co]
27/03/2013What was Beeching's worst railway cut? [BBC News]
27/03/2013David Spaven: On track for the rebirth of Waverley Line from Borders to city [Evening News]
26/03/2013It looks like Dr Beeching was too hasty after all [Telegraph]
21/03/2013450 miles of Scots railway ‘dodged Beeching axe’ [Scotsman]
03/03/2013Fifty years on from Beeching - North York Moors Railway is world's busiest heritage line [Northern Echo]
22/02/2013Beeching - 50 years on [Railscot]
25/01/2013Beeching stations could reopen with Government cash [Telegraph]
24/09/2012A new line on the legacy of Beeching's axe [This is Nottingham]
29/08/2012Train fumes ‘killing’ Portobello residents [Scotsman]
23/08/2012North Yorkshire Moors Railway plans anniversary celebration [Northern Echo]
13/07/2012Rail network to see 'biggest investment' since the Victorians [Guardian]
10/03/2012Miles of rail line could be re-opened [Telegraph]
05/03/2012Joy for rail travellers as transport minister promises Glasgow's 9 'at risk' stations will not shut [Evening Times]
04/07/2011Bombardier to announce 'substantial' job losses [Guardian]
24/06/2011Reversing Dr Beeching [BBC News]
23/01/2011Channel tunnel row threatens to derail high speed London - Frankfurt link [Guardian]
26/03/2010Jarvis collapses into administration with 2,000 jobs at risk [Scotsman]
27/02/2009Jobs at risk as National Express seeks to cut costs [The Times]
02/10/2008Ian Hislop Goes off the Rails [BBC4]
05/06/2008Network Rail starts fight to secure more funding for rail improvements [Network Rail]
10/04/2008How could we reverse 'Great Train Robbery?' [Aberdeen Evening Express]
05/02/2008Rail link put at risk due to lack of new homes[Scotsman]
28/03/2007Waverley line gets back on track [Scotsman]
18/12/2006Laurencekirk residents to get an early Christmas present
13/05/2006End of the line for Waverley [Scotsman]
27/05/2005Heritage chiefs in tram U-turn [Scotsman]
18/10/2004Few takers getting ready for 'tram to Galashiels' [Scotsman]