Ernest Marples: The Shadow Behind Beeching

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Ernest Marples: The Shadow Behind Beeching

Ernest Marples: The Shadow Behind Beeching

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He both oversaw significant road construction (he opened the first section of the M1 motorway) and the closure of a considerable portion of the national railway network with the Beeching cuts. But he mentions a statistic that around 1200 miles of profitable railway was carefully selected for closure. Perhaps the main issue over the Beeching cuts, was whether the railways were a national asset or a drain on the countries assets. A fascinating account of the career of the man who was the Minister of Transport who instigated the Beeching Report.

In this role Marples inaugurated the Premium Bond scheme and set about modernising the UK’s postal service and telephone network.

At the same time tenants of his London properties were threatening legal action demanding repairs to structural faults. By the end of the year Fraser was on the backbenches and in 1967 he quit politics altogether to become Chairman of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board. Similarly the closure of Sheffield Victoria and the removal of passenger services on the Woodhe

This file is NOT necessarily in the public domain in the United States because a non-simple image can only be in the public domain in the U. His interests include British topography, walking, social and economic history, the history of London, of crime and of the Royal Navy. However in the late 80s with the rail union’s neutered, British Rail operated with the lowest subsidy per passenger mile of any national railway system in the 1st world. The book examines the Beeching Report which looked at the railway system and infamous for it cuts but also looks at transport policy around the time and then the Labour Govt took over as well.With his front-rank political career effectively over, Richard Marsh, the Minister who had approved many rail closures, left Parliament in 1971 to become Chairman of British Rail. David Brandon had many jobs before becoming involved in teaching and organising in Further and then Higher Education, specialising in Adult Education. In June 1962 they announced that passenger services would be completely withdrawn between Shrewsbury and Bewdley (and also reduced south of Bewdley). By the end of the war, Marples’ business ventures were also looking up and by the late 1940’s he was the director of the construction company, Kirk and Kirk. It was he who introduced the 70mph speed limit in November 1965 in response to rising road fatalities.

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