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Old 03-01-2018, 03:36 PM   #11
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I can understand opening the line back up to ease traffic on the West Coast but if that was their long term plan when the project started why reduce the line to single track in places ? I know it was to cut cost but it would now cause restrictions if the line ever gets busy. Also it’s going to be fun building the line again at Melrose when the old line was replaced by the main road.
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Old 03-01-2018, 04:46 PM   #12
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This country has alway been the same Growler. Remember when they built the M25 all the motoring organisations were trying to tell the powers that be it was not wide enough.
Now they have spent years making it wider. It is what Britain does.
Sometimes it makes you ashamed to be British.
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Old 03-01-2018, 05:10 PM   #13
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Old 03-01-2018, 05:27 PM   #14
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The Beeching axe did close many lines though what I was really surprised about was that during the 1980's to early '90's there were more route milage closed from the rail network then at any other time in the history if the UK. Was just that in Breeching days the axe fell on passenger lines and the '80's to '90's the axe fell on freight only lines.
Railway openings and closures have been going on for years. Some lines closing during the 1800's and a great many during the depression years of the 1930's. The Beaching axe was felt so hard because it was sudden and fell in areas that relied on their rail network.
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Old 03-01-2018, 06:25 PM   #15
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a lot of freight only lines were power station or colliery lines, when the pit or the coal fired power station closed there wasn't any point keeping the line open.
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Old 03-01-2018, 07:03 PM   #16
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If you take the recently re-opened line to Alloa, passenger numbers have exceeded the estimates when the original viability study was carried out that they are now considering electrification of the route. I think that if lines are re-opened that passengers will start using them, Possibly the Scottish parliament have also been buoyed by the success of alloa.

If there was the will to do it, I think the Burton-Leicester line would be a good candidate for passenger services, especially with something live Vivarail's D-stock. Feasibility study
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The original line couldn’t be opened again because the Steele Road station is now some (lucky) one’s home.
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Duke, Ever heard of a compulsory purchase order. My Doctor had a lovely house in Woodford Bridge. The council decided to build a block of flats so they kicked him out. And paid him a pittance, nothing like what it was worth for it.
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One of my friends had his house compulsory purchased for HS2. He got a lot of money for it, well above the going rate.
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Arrrrr Yes Brian. Sorry, I should have said.
This happened back in the 60s before they had to by law offer a fair price. Years ago before that law came into force they used to get away with paying very little.
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