Just what world do the likes of Amber Rudd MP and Sally Ann Hart live in?
For a council tourism chief to claim that extending the Kent & East Sussex Railway into Robertsbridge will have a negative effect on tourism (News, issue 244) shows how totally out of touch they are with reality.
I visit Hastings quite often and like the place. However, it needs to attract many more visitors and one thing guaranteed to do this is the close proximity of a steam heritage railway.
These ladies should take some time to talk to tradespeople in places like Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway to get a true picture.
Oh, and I’m sure it will be news to readers, especially those who are actively involved in any preservation movement, that our railways are, quote, “hobby projects for a group of privately funded railway enthusiasts”!!
If only it were that simple!
Neil Ewart, email
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