Rural residents are being urged to respond to a Department for Transport consultation on community railways.
A community rail line is a railway supported by a local partnership giving local people a say in the development and promotion of routes, services and stations.
The community rail concept initially developed from grassroots organisations, before being adopted as a Government strategy and supported more broadly by the rail industry.
Among other questions, the consultation asks for responses about the role community rail could play in maximising the economic potential of local areas.
This includes employment and training opportunities – and making better and more socially and economically productive use of underused or unused railway land and stations.
The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) says brings together local groups and partners along railway lines to work with rail industry.
Hundreds of more localised groups who carry out activities such as station friends, enhancing stations, engaging volunteers, and running enterprises are attuned to local needs and aspirations and passionate about rail – and also benefit local community wellbeing and the economy.
The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 28 January 2018. For full details, click here.