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Lord Beeching never managed to close Shaw Street station.

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Sometime in the early Sixties, Lord Beeching and the MacMillan Government decided that it would be a good idea to close the railway line that ran from Wigan North Western through Shaw Street station and on to Prescot and then Huyton. They failed because there was a big campaign against it. I remember bits about that campaign because I spent a lot of time in the evening going round collecting signatures for a petition. Does anybody remember or know more about that campaign.

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I remember the campaign and the station stayed open.

The Beeching Plan has caused this country countless problems because he did not  consider what may happen in the future.

 

I do not blame him. He was told what to do by the Gov.

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HORT isnt it ironic thst you are blaiming the Gov about the BEECHING PLAN . Yet the Remainers DEMAND THE GOV TO SORT BREXIT? So at least YOU wont be blaiming THERESA ? but the Gov.

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She is not the Gov.

 

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Hi Geoff, I remember you asked us about this before, it came up again on Google as well as all the same links, hope it helps.

https://www.sthelens-connect.net/forums/topic/59461-the-failed-attempt-to-make-shaw-street-a-disused-station/?tab=comments#comment-375063

Here's some new info. I found.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/rail-journeys/beeching-lines-that-escaped-the-axe/

 

 

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The Minister of Transport around the time of the Beeching  railway closures was Eric Marples. His family owned a firm which I think was called Marples Ridgeway. Their special interest was building roads and motorways, which might have explained his particular interest in reducing competition from the railways.

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