New. 2/6. The travel journalist visits two former branch lines that terminated at Portishead and Minehead, examining the impact railway cuts implemented by Dr Beeching in the 1960s had on the West Country. See page 116.
Documentary: Beeching's Tracks with Simon Calder
If you've ever been stuck in stationary traffic south of Bristol on the M5 while heading for the West Country, you'll be interested in this. Journalist Simon Calder investigates the arguments for restoring the Minehead to Taunton and Portishead to Bristol rail lines, cut by Dr Beeching in the 1960s. From the evidence, there are signs that the links could be viable. One benefit would be to reduce motorway traffic. Even the local council is interested. The track is still in place, so why don't the trains run? It's the second programme in the series of regional rail documentaries that started two weeks ago. Last week, there was a gap in the series - leaves on the line, maybe? (Geoff Ellis)
Actress Joanna Lumley has always wanted to visit the far north of Norway to witness the aurora borealis. In a bid to realise her childhood dream, she travels north across the Arctic Circle towards
Svalbard. See panel.
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