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Railway Line Closures

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the total number of miles of (a) passenger line and (b) freight line closed by British Rail in each year since 1970.

The total number of miles of passenger line closed by British Rail in each year since 1970 is as follows:

YearMiles closed
1970290·5
197123
197251
197356·25
1974
197515
1976
197724
1978
1979
1980
19810·75
19821·25
198341·5
1984
19854
19862·5
Similar figures for freight lines closures are not readily available.