Friday, 27 June 2014

Station reopening

Thanks to "Britain's Growing Railways" (railfuture, 2010), I see that today is the 20th anniversary of the reopening of Skewen railway station, albeit slightly relocated from the previous station. It was part of a group of reopenings on what was for a time called the "Swanline" - Pyle and Llansamlet were opened on the same day, Briton Ferry twenty-six days earlier.

It is remarkable that there was an acceleration of station openings from 1984 through to 1995, even though these were the years of the railway- (and nationalisation-) hating Margaret Thatcher and the botched privatisation by John Major.

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