Passengers in the North East will be able to have more of a say on how local rail services are run with the designation of the Bishop Line between Darlington and Bishop Auckland as a community rail service, Rail Minister Theresa Villiers has announced.
Designation enables train companies to work more closely with community rail partnerships to better design services to meet local need.
Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said:
“We want to encourage more passengers on to trains and that’s why I am delighted to be able to make this announcement which means that local communities can become even more involved in how these services run and encourage train companies to provide the services local people want.”
Ian Bevan, Managing Director of Northern Rail, which runs services on the Bishop Line, said:
“The community rail partnership for the Bishop Line is already doing a great job and designation will enable it to go from strength to strength. It will also assist in identifying innovative ways of developing the line to the benefit of local people and visitors to the area.”
Charlie Walton, Chairman of the Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership, said:
“I welcome community service designation as a further step towards a successful and productive partnership between the rail industry, local authorities, rail users and other interested parties which will result in an improved service encouraging more people to use the line more frequently”