What were the social and economic impacts of the railways? (Employment…
What were the social and economic impacts of the railways?
Travelers could now have a bigger amount of quality time and spend less amount of time getting to destinations, they now had double time.
Railways defined a new method for the time set, now the England time point was Greenwich.
As the commuting time significantly reduced, people now had more time to do various jobs during the day
More miners had to be hired to provide with all the material necessary to build all the things a locomotive and railway needed. These minerals were mostly coal and iron
There were a lot of job opening because people were needed for the building of locomotives, trucks, carriages, rails, sleepers, stations etc.
Business men saw locomotives and railways as an option to make profit. Therefore it became a big industry needing lots of workforce.
Now people could spend less time traveling long distances.
Britain could be able to conquer larger territories.
Food now could be distributed easier and faster.
cheap day trains to the towns near the seaside were introduced.
"Marketing" was very well done resulting tradition to go and spend a day by the seaside.
hotels, piers and funfairs quickly were introduced into cities such as Blackpool, Brighton and Margate that after became holiday makers.
railways were introduced helping towns exploit their raw material.
value of raw material rose.
fast travel meant that sports clubs could now play teams from other towns in 'away' games.
the football league, which was formed in 1888 with 12 teams from all over the country which would have not been possible without the trains
watching sports became more popular
Railway junctions increases the popularity and desire of populating a town, there was a strong increase in population.
In Crewe the population grew massively from 203 to 18,000 people.
Economy in towns rose.
more taxes (due to population increase)
Natural resources brought bigger incomes due to exportation and trading
the railways changed peoples diets, fresh vegetables and dairy products would be moved from the farms to the city.
There was now a bigger food variety.
diets were improved meaning public health was now better (less chance of getting sick because of the fresh food).
fish was now exported.