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Britain's Railway Policy

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:37 am
by RichardCoulthurst
Britain?s Railway Policy: From Post-War Closures to the Policies of Today

Lord Faulkner of Worcester (who writes under the name Richard Faulkner) will be giving a talk titled ?Britain?s Railway Policy: From Post-War Closures to the Policies of Today? at the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS on Saturday, 9th December 2017 commencing at 2pm.

Richard Faulkner is the co-author (along with Chris Austin) of ?Holding the Line: How Britain?s Railways Were Saved? and ?Disconnected! Broken Links in Britain?s Rail Policy?. The premise of the former is that the past is vital to understanding today?s railway as the industry struggles to meet increasing demands, and that trimming at the margins remains a compelling argument for policy makers unaware of history. The second book looks at the contraction of the British railway network over a 50-year period and its subsequent development from the mid-1990s onwards. Lord Faulkner draws on many sources including cabinet papers, reports from whistle-blowers and, again, lessons that may be learned from the past.

The speaker is both critical and complimentary, where he sees each to be appropriate, in this fascinating and thought-provoking talk.
We are hoping that, whilst national policies and important events outside of the North of England need to be included, the talk will also include a more local focus ? both during the talk itself and the questions from the floor which we look forward to.

This is a public lecture open to all. There is no charge and there is no need to book a place.

The talk has been arranged by the North West Group of the Railway and Canal Historical Society ( Please contact the NW Group Secretary, Roger Brice (tel: 01625 533959; email: or see the website for further information or questions.

Location of the Friends Meeting House

The Friends? Meeting House is located at 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS. Mount Street connects Peter Street with Albert Square and is immediately to the rear of the Central Library adjacent to the Town Hall. (The nearest Metrolink tram stop is St. Peter?s Square in front of the main entrance to Central Library. Oxford Road and Deansgate railway stations are about about five minutes walk away. The nearest car parks are in Watson Street and Manchester Central (formerly GMEX) although it is recommended that visitors use public transport as Manchester becomes very busy on Saturdays before Christmas

Re: Britain's Railway Policy

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:23 pm
by David Goddard
A fascinating topic, no matter what your own opinions on the rail policies of recent times.
Chris Austin is also our next speaker at the Windsor & Maidenhead branch- Monday 27th at Cox Green Community Centre in Maidenhead.

Re: Britain's Railway Policy

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:44 pm
by RichardCoulthurst
Just a reminder that the above talk will take place at The Friends Meeting House in Manchester this Saturday afternoon. The meeting is open to all, there is no need to book and it is an opportunity to visit Manchester's Christmas Markets!

Full details of the talk and directions to the venue are on the website of the Railway & Canal Historical Society (

Re: Britain's Railway Policy

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:39 am
by tomk
This may be of interest to members, but please be aware I do NOT endorse this document although it goes well with a few pints of strong ale. ... on-web.pdf

Re: Britain's Railway Policy

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:59 am
by pdeaves
Members should also be aware that this so-called 'vision' is more a history lesson than a look forward. There is next to nothing 'new' that hasn't already been announced before (and in many cases, is already there!).

Re: Britain's Railway Policy

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:10 pm
by RichardCoulthurst

The organiser of tomorrow's meeting has heard from the speaker that he would like to postpone his talk. He is concerned about the potential for the weather to impact his travel from the Midlands.

A meeting will still take place but will obviously not feature Lord Faulkner. Some alternative activity will be provided.

Apologies for any disappointment and inconvenience this will cause but it is something outside the organiser's control.