Social changes

  • Middle class people could live in suburbs and smaller towns on the outskirts of large cities, and travel or commute to work by train.
  • Many people could afford to travel to the seaside or country for day trips, or take longer holidays, for the first time.
  • Better newspaper distribution made it easier to keep up with national developments.
  • Britain went on to a standard time to make it easier for railway companies to draw up and co-ordinate their timetables.