Rail: Beeching announcement ‘a sick joke’, says Labour’s McDonald

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Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald has called the government’s plan to reopen parts of the railway network closed under the Beeching cuts “disingenuous”.

He said the launch of a £500m fund – promised in the Conservative manifesto – was a “rehash” that would have little impact on the experience of passengers.

“To herald it as the reversal of the Beeching cuts is, quite frankly, a sick joke,” Mr McDonald added.

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