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Ernest Marples: The Shadow Behind Beeching

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Britain as a whole had a vested interest in encouraging the growth and expansion of the motor industry and, as the manufacturers constantly pointed out, they needed a vibrant home market from which to seek out export markets. In 1948, the two men founded Marples Ridgway and Partners, a civil engineering company that started with one five-ton ex-army truck and one crane. Part political biography, part railway history this is the first book to examine the life of the man who appointed Doctor Richard Beeching to make recommendations on the future of British Railways. His approach was to draw up a list of railways for closure, thus continuing and extending the scope of the closures already carried out by BR British Rail or British Railways. Administrators: If there are no problems with the current version, and it meets the non-free content criteria, please delete the previous version(s) under F5 on February 3, 2024 (seven days after January 27, 2024, when this template was added).

The problem with conspiracy theories is that people believe what they want to believe, make the facts fit their argument and, in this case, the most critical are those who detest Marples brand of politics and/or are engaged in the age-old British love affair with trains.By his teenage years he had followed his father into the labour movement, and was earning money on the side by selling sweets and cigarettes to Manchester football crowds. In later life, Marples was elevated to the peerage before fleeing to Monaco at very short notice to avoid prosecution for tax fraud. He both oversaw significant road construction (he opened the first section of the M1 motorway) and the closure of a considerable portion of the national railway network with the Beeching cuts. Ernest Marples was born in Levenshulme in Lancashire, 9 December 1907, the son of Alfred Ernest Marples and Mary Marples.

You simply cant dismiss as a conspiracy theory the fact the Marples made his fortune as a road builder and his family still had significant share holdings in Marples Ridgeway. On the railway side, he dismantled the British Transport Commission with its replacement by amongst others the British Railways Board under the chairmanship of Dr Beeching who they noted was not initially enthusiastic about electrification.

The diaries reported the transport minister's fetish for being whipped while dressed in women's clothing, as described in great detail by one of the prostitutes who had provided these services to Marples, and confirmed at the time by her detailed knowledge of the interior of Marples' home where the events took place. The Photo paper has a semi-gloss finish, ideally suited to reproductions of photographs, while the Art paper has a matt textured surface that works particularly well for reproductions of drawings, etchings and some paintings. The country was broke again and officials in the Ministry of Transport managed to convince the new Government to carry on with business as usual. Marples lived a colourful life, and this excellent book tells the whole story – not just the Beeching/motorway episode, but the equally eventful periods either side.

At the time of Marples' appointment as Transport Minister, railways, canals and road freight transport were all overseen by a single body, the British Transport Commission (BTC). To understand Marples’ later ministerial actions, we must understand the mindset of 1945, not from today’s situation of congestion and pollution. Alfred Ernest Marples, Baron Marples of Wallasey, is very happy because the Ordnance Survey have released free postcode data.Although Britons had been motoring since the turn of the century, it was not until the 1950s that the real explosion in car ownership began. Perhaps it was deemed inappropriate for a Minister of Transport to have a car, one especially tailored for his needs, with all the controversy about rail closures.

The dataset was opened up on 1 April 2010 following support from many people, including MPs, [31] [32] and Code-Point Open can now be downloaded free with data. While Traffic in Towns predicted the end of transport cycling the cycle touring Ernest Marples – who had done so much to encourage motoring and therefore knew what it takes to boost a transport mode – said in 1968: “There is a great future for the bicycle if you make the conditions right. Their fine work redresses the imbalance in our history that has focused on Beeching alone for too long.

Unless at least one rationale is provided, the file will be deleted after Thursday, 1 February 2024. Beeching did not simply deal with closure of lines , he identified the strengths of the railway system, he recommended high speed expresses and block working of freight trains, please read the report and look upon Beeching as a visionary not a hatchet man. Interviewed by Graham Robson in the January 2000 edition of MINI Magazine, he said: ‘A friend told me about this car in 1979. When Lord Denning made his 1963 investigation into the security aspects of the Profumo affair and the rumoured affair between the Minister of Defence, Duncan Sandys and the Duchess of Argyll, he confirmed to Macmillan that a rumour that Ernest Marples was in the habit of using prostitutes appeared to be true.

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