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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If the 1945-51 Labour Government had been all about the creation of the welfare state and nationalisation, the succeeding Conservative Government was all about the construction of a land fit for heroes. The bad news that was British Leyland, Chrysler UK and the loss of car making at Luton, Dagenham, Ryton and Longbridge has tended to overshadow the success stories in the British motor industry.

Clement Atlee’s Labour Party swept into power with a landslide victory, a mandate to create a land fit for heroes, a new Jerusalem. In this case, they have endeavoured to present their subject in an objective way, warts and all, without being tempted to the sensational. In the Netherlands – a country with a strong history of cycling, where national identity was tied up with cycling – the Buchanan report inspired town planners to reign back the car in residential streets.

Following the implementation of the 1962 Act in September 1962, the closure of the Branch continued under the new simplified process. While the material is sound, the style is frustrating: I lost count of how many times we’re given a digressive preview of the future, e. 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. Administrators: If there are no problems with the current version, and it meets the non-free content criteria, please delete the previous version(s) under F5 on February 3, 2024 (seven days after January 27, 2024, when this template was added).

But this background in construction also meant that he was the best choice in Westminster to push forward the modernisation of Britain’s road network, and the political consensus of the time was that this was the way forward. Marples had a hand in many other polices in addition to the railways, such as housing and pensions and was both Postmaster General and Minister of Transport. Although this portion of this book by Martin Upham and David Brandon draws heavily (and unsurprisingly) upon Terry Gourvish’s and Charles Loft’s earlier work, it has a highly readable and succinct explanation of events. For all the façade and pretence of remaining a world power, Britain was burning its way through its finances, and Marples was limited in his resources.The problem with conspiracy theories is that people believe what they want to believe, make the facts fit their argument and, in this case, the most critical are those who detest Marples brand of politics and/or are engaged in the age-old British love affair with trains. Within that Appendix, Sections 1-5 dealt with his own recommendations for 'new' service withdrawals and station closures. Marples went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant and moved to London, where he made a living converting Victorian houses into apartments. the M1 was very much the darling of Ernest Marples, Minister of Transport in Harold Macmillan's Tory government in the 50s, who just happened to be a director of Marples Ridgway, a civil engineering company specialising in road construction. David Brandon and Martin Upham's extremely thorough biography covers both the details of Marples' own life while also thoroughly exploring the history of the transport network and providing a context for Marple's controversial decisions.

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