Rail passengers in the North West set for bigger say

Published on Friday, 01 June 2012 13:50
Posted by Scott Buckler

Passengers in Cumbria and North Lancashire will have more say on how local rail services are run after the service designation of the Furness Line as a community rail service, Rail Minister Theresa Villiers announced today

Designation of the line between Barrow-in-Furness to Carnforth and on to Lancaster will enable train companies to work more closely with the Furness Line Community Rail Partnership to better design services to meet local needs.

Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said:

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

“That’s why I am delighted to announce this latest community rail service designation. Today’s designation is a major step towards helping the Furness Line Community Rail Partnership work closely with local groups to provide innovative and more cost effective rail services for their community.”

Nick Donovan, Chief Executive of First TransPennine Express, commented:

This service designation is a first for a line on which our trains run and I welcome the even closer links between this company and the Furness Line Community Rail Partnership. Our team work last year already resulted in a major prize at the Community Rail awards and I’m sure that even more success can be achieved”.

Ian Bevan, Managing Director of Northern Rail, which also runs services on the route, said:

The designation of the Furness Line is fantastic news for the local community. As this route is integral to the area, its designation ensures it will be developed to benefit local people and visitors to the region. We look forward to working with the community rail partnership to enable the route to prosper as much as possible.”

Rob Terwey, Chairman of the Furness Line Community Rail Partnership said:

“Community Rail Service Designation for the Furness Line will help us to achieve even more for passengers on our line. We look forward to having greater flexibility and the opportunity to work more closely with the rail industry, users, local councils and others to maximise the benefit of rail services and station improvements around the shores of Morecambe Bay”.

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