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The potential of the abandoned railways of the North West

A while ago I wrote about my thoughts on a new super-city made from merging Manchester and Liverpool and the benefits that would bring to the area and the UK as a whole. At the end of the post I briefly discussed one of the many issues with creating a new super-city, transport. I’d suggested that the disused railways could be used to cheaply build an expanded public transport infrastructure.

Active railways (green) disused railways (red) and those converted into paths (yellow)

Active railways (green) disused railways (red) and those converted into paths (yellow)

I’ve mapped the current and former railway within the proposed development area. It clear that there are quite a few railways running between Manchester and Liverpool already, and that there is potential to add several more. Reopening disused railways is significantly cheaper than building from scratch as the expensive earth works have already been done, thus only the track needs to be re-laid.

London Underground and Surface Railways

London Underground and Surface Railways

If we compare metropolis with the extensive London railway network we can see that London does have more lines, but not astronomically so. Reopening the existing lines and building a few more would be needed to bring metropolis’s transport up to an acceptable standard. I will cover the cost of doing this and where these new lines should be in another post.

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This entry was posted on June 12, 2013 by in Manifesto, Sustainable Development, Urban Planning.
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