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One of the most ridiculous closures was one that affected me personally. The Shoreham-by-sea to Christ's Hospital line was a gem, double track throughout, so engineering works on the main London-Brighton line could be diverted. I suspect that had it been electrified as planned (at various times from 1938 onwards) it would still be there today because it would have opened up a new commuter strip through central Sussex. As it is, the trackbed forms part of the Steyning by-pass, and there's no turning back from that.
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Lunacy to close the Cambridge-Oxford through route and the Cambridge to Colchester through Haverhill line.
As mentioned above and elsewhere many times, closing the GCR was really very silly, the little link from Banbury to Woodford was one of the most important cross-country linkages from SW-NE. Places like Buckingham/Brackley would be larger places today and probably better for it.
Nuts to close Woodhead, the power of those 27000 electrics was awesome on the passengers.
Would've liked to see the Waverley route kept.
Over Stainmore to Tebay/Penrith and also the untapped tourist potental of Penrith Keswick Cockermouth
Could bang on all day.
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