Transport - British Rail - Dr Richard Beeching - New 1 million Railway Station at Plymouth - Devon
Dr Richard Beeching, chairman of the British Railways Board, cuts the tape to open the new 1 million railway station at Plymouth, Devon. After the ceremony he was asked about a newspaper's reference to the building as a 'white elephant' when many branch lines were being closed. Dr Beeching replied branch lines were the subject of a thorough study and it was not sensible to suppose one could reverse a decision taken five or six years ago to build a new station. This is the first new station to be built under British Railways's modernisation scheme.
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