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Railway cottage renaissance?

The idea of railway cottages sounds charmingly quaint and the remaining buildings, while frequently small (after all they were built for workers not plutocrats) have a certain appeal. It is their very no-nonsense pared down nature that makes them attractive.

The idea of railway cottages sounds charmingly quaint and the remaining buildings, while frequently small (after all they were built for workers not plutocrats) have a certain appeal. It is their very no-nonsense pared down nature that makes them attractive.

But might we see more of them? Perhaps we will, although the aesthetics will change. And the purpose. Infrastructure Intelligence has announced that Network Rail is forming a new company to fast-track (a great railway term) the sale of $1 billion of land, most of which will be used for homes.

Of course this time it won’t be an altruistic way of housing the workers, but a means to make a much-needed buck. But who cares? Most of the development will be homes – much-needed homes, with one imagines decent transport links – and the money will go to giving us better rail lines. 

This just may be a rare win-win.

Ruth Slavid

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