Railways had a big impact in Britain bringing economic and social benefits. People were able to travel greater distances to work or go on holidays for the first time, as trains were a cheap and fast way to travel. Manufactures and farmers could sell their goods all over the country and railways created many different jobs. Speed of travel The development of trains effected the owners of coach and canal services badly for them the problem was that the railways were cheaper and a lot faster. The trains were three times faster than the fastest coach and eight times faster than the canals.
People could travel further in a shorter time and not have to live so close to their working place also factories and farmers could transport there goods more quickly the mail and newspapers also speeded up. Jobs-Employment The railways created many different jobs not only jobs to help drive trains and build the railways also there was a high demand in coal and iron to run and build new railways as well so more jobs became available in coal mines and factories. Railways made the cost of moving goods cheaper therefore could be sold for less more goods are sold for less more will need to be produced.
The manufactures and farmers who make these products will employ more workers and the more people with jobs can afford the products being made. Days out The railways meant that even poor people not only rich could travel longer distances in a shorter time and have short days out for the first time. Seaside became more popular as cheap days out or holidays such as places like Blackpool, Scarborough, Whitby and Skegness. New places and holidays ere exiting for people to have new experiness and learn new things. Food More food became available as railways developed Towns people could receive resh meat, fish, vegetables and other food from farms in the country side brought into the towns and cities by the railways. Also farmers would get a lot more money from selling food all around the country for a cheaper price and as more people could afford the foods more food will have to be produced therefore creating even more jobs. Culture The railways helped media such as sport and newspapers. Information could be spread around a lot quicker than before and national newspapers could be read on the same day in different towns all around the country, the railways also speeded up post.
This also helped sport to become more popular trains could take passengers to cricket and football matches. The teams could travel to play games against each other in 1888 the national football league began with 12 teams they would not have happened without railway. People could travel by railways to visit relative’s easer who lived in different towns. They could also visit art galleries, museums and were able to educate themselves by going to new places and learning new things and creating more job and other opportunities for themselves and family.
Clocks began to tell the same time instead of having the local time because the railways couldn’t run lots of different time tables in all the different time zones in 1852 all the country used the Greenwich mean time so that the timetables made sense. Conclusion The impact of railways was positive for jobs, holidays, travel , food and the culture. More jobs were created travelling became more easy and quicker people could go on holidays and day trips. More food became available to towns and cities. And also helped the culture all these things helped in a positive way and created more jobs therefore more money.