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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The dataset was opened up on 1 April 2010 following support from many people, including MPs, [31] [32] and Code-Point Open can now be downloaded free with data. It was he who introduced the 70mph speed limit in November 1965 in response to rising road fatalities.

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. BTC officials surveyed passenger numbers in autumn 1961, after which BR British Rail or British Railways(W) announced in January 1962 that the Branch was under review as potentially uneconomic.

The paid-for publications are richly illustrated; the free versions have had the pix stripped out and replaced with adverts. At Transport (1959-1964) he appointed Dr Beeching chairman of British Railways and commissioned him to produce his infamous report, inaugurated motorways and introduced significant regulations for motorists. They predictably pressed the new British Government to invest in a motorway system and, in May 1946, the Minister of War Transport, Alfred Barnes, announced a motorway programme extending to some 800 miles.

What the pro-rail lobby seem to forget is that the road lobby comprised of organisations that employed hundreds of thousands of people who were involved in exporting at a time when Britain desperately needing foreign earnings. He claimed he had been asked to pay nearly 30 years’ overdue tax … The Treasury froze his assets in Britain for the next ten years.This new civil partnership had contracts that included the construction of several power stations and dams across the UK, roads in Ethiopia, and ports in Sudan and Jamaica. In fact, Marples enjoyed a remarkable political career, one that spanned almost thirty years and had a transformative effect on the landscape and society of modern Britain. Comprising correspondence, official and personal papers, pocket and desk diaries, press cuttings, photographs, audio tapes and dictaphone tapes. Following their submission of their report, Marples would then be expected to review the recommendations and in due course confirm the closure, with or without adopting the additional measures.

By the age of 14 he was already active in the labour movement, as well as earning money by selling cigarettes and sweets to Manchester football crowds. These committees could make recommendations relating to the services provided by relevant Board, but the Minister was not bound to follow their recommendations. It’s likely even without Beeching, with the rapid growth in road haulage and car ownership in the sixties, there would have been considerable cutbacks to the railways as they were making heavy losses and some lines were underused and losing too much money. For example the Branch line to Hook Norton in Oxfordshire was so little used a person wrote in the Times that they had noticed that the ticket they had purchased at Hook Norton station had a consecutive number to one they had purchased 2 months earlier. Brandon and Upham’s fresh review shows all sides of a complex man who might well have been a politician before his time.Beeching brought in a more business-like mentality to the running of the railways, and more accurate accounting methods were introduced. The Minister who had opposed Trade Union reform also became a supporter of Margaret Thatcher, although he sat on the cross benches when he received his peerage. On 14 October 1959, Ernest Marples was appointed as Minister of Transport, the role for which he was to become notorious. Interviewed by Graham Robson in the January 2000 edition of MINI Magazine, he said: ‘A friend told me about this car in 1979. On balance, it seems that Marples was a “bit dodgy” in his business dealings and had enormous conflicts of interest as M.

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