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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.
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