Download the full outcome
Detail of outcome
The government has published its final response to the consultation on the East Suffolk Lines.
Detail of feedback received
37 responses have been received and analysed.
We propose to designate the 2 routes which comprise the East Suffolk lines each as a community rail service. This is in line with the Department for Transport’s community rail development strategy which offers ‘new life for local lines’, through a community driven approach.
Designation aims to improve the financial performance, value for money and social value of community railways to help make sure of their long term future.
As the community rail development strategy was widely consulted on, this is a short consultation involving local and rail industry stakeholders.
Designation and full local engagement with the railway, can provide an opportunity to positively shape the future of local rail services.
DfT’s rail franchising programme
There is an aim to strengthen community rail in our wider rail franchise programme. Full details, including current and forthcoming rail franchise consultations have been published on GOV.UK.