Derby to Manchester
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