Reopen these 33 rail lines: reach 500,000 people
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Reopening a disused rail line can transform an area, boosting the local economy, creating better places to live and reducing carbon emissions.
In the 1960s the Beeching Report led to the closure of 5,000 miles of rail track. Fifty years later, rail travel is more popular than at any point since Victorian times, but despite hundreds of reopenings being proposed, few reach construction, due in part to a lack of national oversight.
This month we published The case for expanding the rail network, which calls for a national programme of rail reopenings and identifies 33 disused lines that should be given first priority. Just these 33 reopenings would bring more than 500,000 people within walking distance of a train station.