In the year that the East Suffolk Line Community Rail Partnership (CRP) has been in existence, passenger numbers have increased 22 percent compared to the same period last year. During this time, improvements have been made to many East Suffolk Line stations, including new shelters, signage, and general station appearance. A line guide was published by the East Suffolk Travellers’ Association (ESTA), and rail operator ‘one’ held a competition for a new East Suffolk Line logo; the winning entry was designed by a Halesworth resident.
Rail operator ‘one’ says numbers have also gone up since the Lowestoft – London direct trains were expanded from one-a-day in 1999, to seven weekdays, and eight Saturdays, in December of 2004.
The East Suffolk Line CRP is comprised of Suffolk County Council, ESTA, local borough and district councils, and ‘one’ Railway. It is one of many Community Rail Partnerships operating in East Anglia.