Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
(All pics Honeybourne 27.7.2011 copyright Tim, courtesy Brian Clarke)
Three shots taken a few days ago (27 July) showing the engineering work taking place on the Oxford-Worcester line, returning the stretch through Honeybourne to double track.
Insanely part of this route was singled in the 70s, like a few other stretches (the Salisbury-Exeter route being the most notorious). This immediately reduced capacity and caused built in delays - one might almost think that this was closure by stealth. The 70s were a VERY strange decade. Rail was of course finished, in its death throes, and cheap petrol coupled with a huge expansion of the road netwoirk, using a fuel source that would NEVER run out was the future. How things have changed!
Roads are no longer built, a million people have given up their cars in the last year in the UK, apparently because of 'expensive' fuel (do they have any idea what lies ahead LOL??) and new railways are bring built everywhere.
I just wish the 90% of the population that don't yet use the trains would actually realise this!