A UTA Protest March to Stormont

A UTA Protest March to Stormont

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Details

Location

Belfast, Duncrue Street, Stormont

Year

1963

Date

Production 10/12/1963

Length

27sec

Audio

silent

Format

16mm

black and white

Source

Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Archiving Scheme 2

Courtesy

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Department for Communities, ITV, UTV Archive

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

This Ulster Transport Authority (UTA) protest march was over increases in fares, and possibly also against the implementation of the Benson Report, which would decimate the railway system across Northern Ireland. The march went from Duncrue Street to the steps of Stormont. 

Notes

The UTA ran rail and bus transport in Northern Ireland from 1948 until 1966.  

In 1962, on the recommendation of Dr Beeching, the head of British Railways, the Benson  report suggested the closure of many railway lines, especially in the west of Northern Ireland. This would leave most rural areas without a railway network. Unhappiness about these clo sures, especially in Derry, would become part of the general protest that  led  to the emergence of the Civil Rights movement.  

Credits

An Ulster Television Production.

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