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The Impact of the L&M Railway

The Liverpool and Manchester Railway became extremely successful - within a few weeks of opening it ran excursion trains and by the summer of 1831 it was carrying tens of thousands of people by special trains to Newton Races.

It also encouraged the construction of other railways in Britain - between 1833 and 1843, 2,300 miles of track were laid.

The railways did, however, damage stagecoach trade - within five months of the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the number of mail coaches along the same route dropped from 29 each day to just four.
Liverpool Road Station in Manchester still stands today and is now open as a museum.