Peter Hitchens on “The railway lines that are so perfectly fitted to our intimate landscape”

Peter Hitchens writes about the English country railway line he took as a child:

Since it closed, I have often walked or pedalled along its course, finding much of it needlessly neglected and overgrown, something which grew much worse after privatisation. If you did not know there had been a station at Marsh Gibbon and Poundon, you would never guess it now. I listen sourly and sceptically to vague, unfunded political promises… to reopen it. What I hear instead are plans to make the same mistake we made in the 1960s yet again – more roads, instead of the railway lines that are so perfectly fitted to our intimate landscape, and so cleverly and gently connect the ancient and the unspoiled to the modern and the busy.

(Spectator, 2.12.17)

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This picture of a child and a ball in Belarus was taken from a train travelling the length of the country, from Orsha to Brest, in the summer of 2015.

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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