Derby to Manch­ester

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Read­ing the let­ter from Paul Thomp­son on over­crowd­ing on the Manch­ester-Sh­effield line ( Open

Ac­cess, RAIL 859), and that “most of the pas­sen­gers board at Not­ting­ham”, re­minds me that those pas­sen­gers would not be there if the Derby-Manch­ester main line still ex­isted.

This must be the most per­verse of all the clo­sure de­ci­sions of the 1960s, and was done on the pre­text that the newly elec­tri­fied Eus­ton-Manch­ester route would suf­fice. Ig­nor­ing pas­sen­gers from the whole of the East Mid­lands as well as sub­stan­tial freight traf­fic, the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and other “stake­hold­ers” at the time ap­par­ently raised no ef­fec­tive ob­jec­tion.

With many rel­a­tively ob­scure lines now be­ing ex­am­ined for re-open­ing with high pro­file cam­paigns, is it not ap­pro­pri­ate that se­ri­ous ef­forts be made to re­in­state this route? Bernard Bills, Clifton

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