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1970 Spalding rail closures were doomed to happen

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It is exactly 50 years ago this week that Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press reporter Howard Johnston covered the devastating loss of the rail services from Spalding to Boston and Peterborough.

Exactly half a century later, he returns to explain why it happened, and how local politicians successfully turned the tables on British Rail.

the journey to Peterborough, taking treble the time to wind through the centre of Crowland or the Deepings (there were no bypasses then). A day trip to London was now almost impossible.

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