Written by  Ruralcity Media


RURAL residents are being urged to respond to a Department for Transport consultation on community railways.

A community rail line is a railway supported by a local partnership giving local people a say in the development and promotion of routes, services and stations.  The community rail concept initially developed from grassroots organisations, before being adopted as a Government strategy and supported more broadly by the rail industry.  Community rail lines and services are all part of the commercial rail network.  Train companies operate the services and Network Rail own and maintain the infrastructure, the track, signals and the majority of stations.  Community rail lines carry over 40 million customers annually.

The consultation seeks views to inform the future policies to be considered in the next community rail strategy