Designation gives local organisations more influence over services
The East Suffolk Lines between Ipswich and Felixstowe and Ipswich and Lowestoft have been designated as community rail services by the Department for Transport.
This will enables operators to work more closely with the community rail partnership (CRP) to design services that meet local needs.
The East Suffolk Lines CRP would like to increase usage of the routes, promote community involvement with the railway, improve station facilities and improve connections to places not directly served by the railway. In the longer term it also aims to reduce journey times between Ipswich and Lowestoft, maximise the benefits from the construction of Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station, improve connections at Ipswich and would like to see more and better rolling stock on the routes.
Abellio Greater Anglia Managing Director Jamie Burles said: ‘The formal designation of the lines will help us maintain this positive momentum and deliver further improvements to services and stations to benefit the customers and communities it serves. We will continue to play our full part in the ongoing future development of this important regional route, starting with the introduction of two additional Sunday services from May this year.’