Expose & Stop Highways England's plans to fill in nearly 70 rail bridges with concrete

Expose & Stop Highways England's plans to fill in nearly 70 rail bridges with concrete

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Stuart Evans started this petition to UK Parliament and

Highways England plans to fill in nearly 70 rail bridges with concrete in the UK Campaigners accused the company of 'finishing off what Beeching started' the company also plans to demolish 14 others.

Referring to British Railways chairman Richard Beeching's huge cuts in the 1960s, campaigners have accused Highways England of 'finishing off what Beeching started' by making it more difficult for old rail lines to ever be reopened or reused as walking or cycling routes.

Speakers in a parliamentary debate accused Highways England of using a 'backdoor process' to avoid consulting widely or applying for planning permission before proceeding.

Labour's Lord Faulkner, who is also president of the Heritage Railway Association, called on the Government to force Highways bosses to consult widely before any future infilling or demolition goes ahead.

Lord Young, a former Tory minister, suggested Highways England should be stripped from its role looking after the Historical Railways Estate entirely with responsibility 'given to Great British Railway'. 

Please will you consider signing this petition and demand our national heritage and historic bridges be left alone, repaired not covered in concrete or worse still demolished before its too late as once they are gone what will be left for future generations to enjoy and appreciate?

Ref: Mail Online Investigation 

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