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Rail passengers in the north west set for bigger say


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Department for Transport

Rail passengers in the north west set for bigger say
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date
25 July 2013
source Department for Transport
type Press release



Glossop and Buxton lines have been designated as community rail services.

Passengers in the north west will have more say on how local rail services are run after the designation of the Glossop line and the Buxton line each as a community rail service, Rail Minister Norman Baker announced today (25 July 2013).

Designation of the line between Glossop and Hadfield to Manchester and Buxton to Manchester will enable train companies to work more closely with the community rail partnership to better design services to meet local needs.

Rail Minister Norman Baker said:

I want to encourage communities to become more closely involved with their railways to help create the services and stations passengers deserve.

Thatís why I am delighted to announce these 2 latest community rail service designations. Todayís designations are a major step towards helping the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership work closely with local groups to provide innovative and more cost effective rail services for their community.

Alan Chaplin, Interim Managing Director for Northern Rail, which runs services on the route, said:

We welcome the designation of the Glossop line and the Buxton line as community rail services. These routes are integral to the area and the designation will help them to prosper, benefiting local people and visitors to the region.

Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Chair of the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership said:

I welcome the announcement that the Glossop and Buxton railway lines are now to be designated by the Department for Transport. These designations bring well-deserved recognition for the exhaustive work of the partnership over many years to improve these stations and services for our community.

Notes for editors
The community rail development 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 local authorities, community rail partnerships, and other stakeholder groups.

To date, 19 lines with their services have been designated as community rail lines:

St Ives Bay Line: St Erth to St Ives July 2005, selected as one of the 6 pilot projects
Abbey Line: St Albans Abbey to Watford Junction July 2005, selected as one of the 6 pilot projects
Esk Valley Line: Middlesbrough to Whitby July 2005, selected as one of the 6 pilot lines
Tamar Valley Line: Plymouth to Gunnislake September 2005, linked with Looe Valley as one of the 6 pilot projects
Looe Valley Line: Liskeard to Looe September 2005, linked with Tamar Valley as one of the 6 pilot projects
Penistone Line: Barnsley to Huddersfield September 2005, selected as one of the 6 pilot projects
Island Line: Ryde to Shanklin, March 2006
Tarka Line: Barnstaple to Cowley Junction Exeter, September 2006
Maritime Line: Falmouth to Truro September 2006
Derwent Valley: Derby to Matlock September 2006
East Lancashire Line: Colne to Gannow Junction Burnley November 2006
Gainsborough Line: Marks Tey to Sudbury November 2006
Barton Line: Barton-on-Humber to Ulceby N. Junction February 2007
Bittern Line: Norwich to Sheringham September 2007
Lakes Line: Oxenholme to Windermere April 2008
South Fylde Line: Blackpool South to Preston April 2008
Lymington Line: Brockenhurst to Lymington July 2008
Preston to Ormskirk Line: Preston to Ormskirk September 2011
Avocet Line: Exeter St Davidís to Exmouth September 2012
Additionally, 15 services have been designated as community rail services whilst not designating the lines on which they run. These services are designated when there are reasons why the infrastructure cannot be included in the designation Ė because it carries non local traffic or heavy freight or has previously been designated as part of the Trans European Network. To date the following services have been designated:

Poacher Line: Grantham to Skegness July 2006, selected as one of the 6 pilot projects
Atlantic Coast Line: Newquay to Par September 2006
Marston Vale Line: Bletchley to Bedford November 2006
Wherry Lines : Norwich to Yarmouth February 2007
Wherry Lines: Norwich to Lowestoft February 2007
Clitheroe Line: Manchester to Clitheroe March 2007
Medway Valley Line: Paddock Wood to Strood September 2007
Severn Beach Line: Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach April 2008
North Staffordshire Line: Crewe Ė Derby via Stoke-on-Trent November 2008
Cumbrian Coast Line: Carlisle to Barrow-in-Furness September 2009
Bishop Line: Darlington to Bishop Auckland January 2011
Heart of Wessex Line: Bristol to Weymouth October 2011
Mid Cheshire: Chester to Manchester via Northwich January 2012
Furness Line: Barrow-in-Furness to Carnforth June 2012
Bentham Line: Leeds to Morecambe/Heysham Port October 2012


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