Progress put in reverse by Dr Beeching

Sir – I recently saw the following notice reproduced in a book, which may be of some interest:

November 16th 1861

Grand Opening of Witney Station

WITNEY TO OXFORD

Stopping at South Leigh, Cassington Halt and Eynsham.

Witney to Oxford 35 mins.

This was 150 years ago and thanks to the visionary Dr Beeching isn’t possible now.

I wonder if it would now be acceptable in this modern age ?

A Gutteridge, Avebury Close, Westbury

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9:01pm Mon 10 Dec 12

H.J.Harris says...

People love to blame Dr Beeching for the demise of the Railways yet the real culprit was the travelling public. The advent of private cars for the masses led to fewer passengers on trains. I well remember this as we could not afford a car but noticed when I traveled on the train I did not have much company.
In a way, this is similar to customers deserting the small village shop in favour of the supermarkets then the next generation wonders why there is so little choice.
Such is progress.
People love to blame Dr Beeching for the demise of the Railways yet the real culprit was the travelling public. The advent of private cars for the masses led to fewer passengers on trains. I well remember this as we could not afford a car but noticed when I traveled on the train I did not have much company. In a way, this is similar to customers deserting the small village shop in favour of the supermarkets then the next generation wonders why there is so little choice. Such is progress. H.J.Harris
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