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Date(s) - 10th November 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Friends Meeting House


Britain’s Railway Policy: From Post War Closures to the Policies of Today: Saturday 10th November 2018

We are very pleased that Lord Faulkner of Worcester has been able to re-arrange the date for his talk.

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 whistleblowers 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 anticipating that, whilst national policies and important events outside of the North of England need to be included, we anticipate 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.

The talk will take place in The Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS commencing at 2:00pm. For further information please consult the website or contact Roger Brice (01625 533959; 07702 303242; rogerbrice@microton.net).