How northern rail connections have hit the buffers | Peter Hetherington
Train services in the north still lag a million miles behind their southeastern counterparts – and the government shows no sign of giving them a boost
My village, astride the Tyne nine miles west of Newcastle, is the place where the rail revolution began. George Stephenson, “father of the railways”, was born here in 1781. His “Locomotion No 1” pulled the first steam train carrying passengers 44 years later on the Stockton-Darlington railway – followed by Stephenson’s first inter-city train between Liverpool and Manchester in 1830.
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