Posted 8th March 2016 | 1 Comment

More funding for East Anglian community lines

Abellio Greater Anglia has announced more funding for Community Rail Partnerships in its region, intended to help them to continue to promote and improve rural railways.

During the current short franchise that runs until October 2016, AGA said it will increase annual funding to the CRPs by a further £23,000 to £83,000 a year.

Projects undertaken to date by CRPs in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire include the production of local area guides, guided walks, special event trains, volunteering initiatives, community art projects, wildlife initiatives, partnership initiatives to deliver service improvements and station upgrades and wider community involvement schemes. 

Jonathan Denby of Abellio Greater Anglia said: "From the start of our franchise we made a real commitment to our Community Rail lines - doubling train operator funding for the CRPs in East Anglia and investing time and resources into working closely with them to encourage more people to use the train - as well as optimising the role of rail services and stations in supporting local communities and the local economy. 

“This additional investment in our CRPs illustrates our major ongoing support for the development of local rail lines across our network, in partnership with local communities - increasing funding despite being in the final 10 months of the franchise, after already having raised our contribution by 140 per cent over our two short franchises. We look forward to continuing our work with the CRPs to deliver projects that benefit our region’s rail users.”

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  • Chris Green, Huddersfield

    Rural railways need to receive as much care and attention as the main lines, so good news on all fronts.