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TSSA Slams Reverse Beeching 'Empty Gimmick'  

28 January 2020

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has slammed as an "empty gimmick" the announcement by the government of a fund aimed at restoring railway lines closed in the Beeching cuts more than half a century ago.  

The £500m fund announced by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, is earmarked for funding proposals on two lines - the Ashington-Blyth-Tyne line in Northumberland and the Fleetwood line in Lancashire. 

Manuel Cortes said - “while we always welcome investment in our railways this proposal is an empty gimmick. The figures involved make claims of reversing Beeching utterly meaningless and tell us that this government knows nothing about building railways.   

“The truth is these plans won’t replace an inch of lost railway, nor address the fact the Tories have been dismantling the rail network for years under privatisation, one way or another.  

“What’s needed is serious public investment, not tinkering around the edges. Millions of passengers agree - it’s time the government stopped taking them for a ride.” 

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