Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The remnants of British Rail

Apparently the UK train operators are proposing closures to deal with increased crowding on the network. You know, sometimes I think that people just don't learn from history. Because closing stations and cutting services has been tried before...

During the 1960 huge chunks of the British rail system were closed as a result of the Beeching report. However by the end of the decade it was clear that the extensive rail closures only produced very marginal savings, and hadn't help the network. Closing stations and cutting routes isn't the answer to the current problems with the British rail system. More money invested into infrastructure and rolling stock, and opening more routes, is the only possible solution to the problems faced by the industry.