Here at the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership (CRP) we are pleased to present our annual report covering the year 2013.
It was a busy year for the partnership as the new hourly service between Lowestoft and Ipswich had just commenced and a new signalling system had just begun operation. Passenger numbers hit an all time high in 2013; improvements were made up and down the line, and the CRP formalised its structure with the adoption of a new constitution.
Geof Butterwick, the CRP Chairman, said “The work of the Community Rail Partnership, in partnership with Abellio Greater Anglia, and all our other partners, has delivered further improvements to Suffolk’s community railway lines and it is pleasing to see that improvements to stations, convenient services and good promotion are together attracting more people to use their local railways.”
Jonathan Denby, Head of Corporate Affairs at train operator Abellio Greater Anglia said “The ongoing work of the East Suffolk Lines CRP provides valuable support to us as the train operator for these important rail lines and the communities along those routes. Our close partnership has again delivered upgrades and benefits for customers and local communities, with enhancements which not just improve rail services, but also support local economic, tourism, educational, transport and environmental objectives. The effective work of the CRPs in partnership with us (and with our funding support) is a key factor in the continued success of these crucial regional rail arteries.”
You can download a copy of the full report in PDF format: 2013 Annual Report
The East Suffolk Lines Community Partnership receives major funding from Abellio Greater Anglia along with additional funding from Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Waveney District Council, and Ipswich Borough Council. Our members come from these organisations along with representatives from Network Rail and the three CRP line groups (north, south and east). The line groups draw their members from town and parish councils, station adopters, and members of the public.
If you are interested in becoming involved contact our CRP officer Tim Ward on 07775 698758 or send us a message through our contact page.