Resort rail link boost

FELIXSTOWE'S rail link is to get a major promotion and marketing boost to increase its passenger numbers after being taken under the wing of a new project.

FELIXSTOWE'S rail link is to get a major promotion and marketing boost to increase its passenger numbers after being taken under the wing of a new project.

The 12-mile line between the resort and Ipswich has been embraced by the East Suffolk Community Rail Partnership (CRP), which has enjoyed great success over the past three years in promoting the route between Ipswich and Lowestoft.

To celebrate the extended partnership and promote Suffolk County Council's Get on Board travel scheme, a Class 156 two-carriage train was welcomed at the resort by town mayor Joan Sennington and members of Felixstowe East Suffolk Travellers' Association.

The train - unveiled at Ipswich station before its journey to Felixstowe - featured the Get on Board and East Suffolk CRP brand, logos and website addresses, and will operate on many routes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex to promote the East Suffolk lines.

The train also features new seat covers and table top designs promoting the East Suffolk lines partnership.

County councillor Guy McGregor, portfolio holder for roads and transport, said: “My ambition is to promote accessibility for all by enhancing transport infrastructure and services in Suffolk.”

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Clive Morris, business director rural for 'one' railway, said: “The establishment of the East Suffolk line CRP has helped to further raise the profile of the Ipswich to Lowestoft line, increasing passenger numbers and encouraging community involvement at all stations.

“Extending the CRP to include the Felixstowe line is a logical and welcome step.”

John Brodribb , chairman of the East Suffolk CRP said since 2004 the group had taken part in a number of projects to encourage rail travel - including improving the appearance of stations, and promoting an award-winning walks project.

He said: “I'm delighted the Felixstowe branch will be coming on board with the new timetable in December, and that we will be able to promote both lines with the specially branded train.”

Do you think the project will benefit the Felixstowe-Ipswich line? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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