COMMUNITY RAIL DESIGNATION FOR
THE GAINSBOROUGH LINE
The Government feels
that rural railways and branch lines are important to many parts
of the country. Therefore the Community Rail Division of the Department
of Transport has taken over the former Strategic Rail Authoritiy`s,
"Community Rail Development Strategy"
The Strategy looks
at innovative ways of operating local branch lines through a programme
of cost management, a drive to increase passenger numbers and
direct community involvement via Community Rail Partnerships,
local authorities etc.
In the Strategy 56,
routes across England and Wales are proposed to be designated
as official DoT Community Rail Lines.
The Gainsborough Line has been selected with a consulation process
taking place during September.
It is very early days
yet and the implications of this are yet to be announced.
Courtesy of ESSCRP Newsletter