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Document Summary

The 'Beeching Report' is one of the most notorious government reports of the 20th century. The failure of the modernisation plan to stem BR's losses led the author, Dr Beeching, to propose wholesale route closures in an attempt to concentrate resources on the core routes.

Many closures went ahead; some sensible, others far less so. The report often adopted an overly-simplistic analysis of the economics of the routes, failing to recognise how the branches contributed traffic to the core network. The Beeching closures failed in their attempt to eliminate BR's losses, and led to the belated recognition that the railways serve a social role which should be financially acknowledged.

This document was published on 27th March 1963 by Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

It was written by British Transport Commission.

The original document format was Paper, and comprised 148 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from Library Service and is in our Financial & economic reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 6th November 2004.

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This document is Crown Copyright, and is subject to the terms governing the reproduction of crown copyright material. Depending on the status and age of the original document, you may need an OPSI click-use license if you wish to reproduce this material, and other restrictions may apply. Please see this explanation for further details.

"The industry must be of a size and pattern suited to modern conditions and prospects. In particular, the railway system must be remodelled to meet current needs, and the modernisation plan must be adapted to this shape."

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