Our Railways Fit for the Future campaign coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Beeching report, which led to many lines being axed across the country. We called for lines and stations to be reopened, and for the network to be modernised. The campaign had some really great successes:
- The Government announced £1.4 billion investment in the rail network, including a £20 million fund for new stations
- The Government agreed to fund four new stations: Lea Bridge station in London, Ilkeston station in Derbyshire, Newcourt station in Devon and Pye Corner station in Newport
- The Government agreed to examine re-opening the Lewes to Uckfield railway line in Sussex
- We ran events including a fascinating walk along the 'missing' railway line between Bedford and Sandy, where we brought together many supporters of Railways Fit for the Future
This anniversary campaign is now over, but we continue to fight for rail reopenings, lower train fares and better journeys.
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