Sumary of Why reopening one train line in Devon is only the start of a much-needed rail revolution:
- It’s all part of the DfT’s #RestoringYourRailway programme – reversing historic cuts like those of Dr Beeching to reopen lines for local communities once more.
- The lovely central Devon scenery will be wasted on pioneering passengers, due to the near-total darkness as they trundle through the county at an average of 24mph.
- But talking of maps: one glance shows the opportunity to turn the rail cul-de-sac into something rather more useful.
- Now the transport secretary should reopen something that is definitely closed (and, in places, built over): that trans-Devon express line, bestowing resilience on a part of the UK that desperately needs more connections.