Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said re-opening old rail lines, which were closed under the so-called Beeching cuts, can reach “millions” of people in the UK.
When questioned on whether this was a “distraction” for the problems engulfing Northern Rail, Mr Shapps said he would make a statement on Northern by the end of the year.
He then clarified that he meant to say by the end of the week.
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