The Staffordshire Rail Strategy
Staffordshire County Council, working with its partners, is currently developing a Rail Strategy that will establish Staffordshire's issues and key priorities in terms of rail investment to set out how Staffordshire sees rail provision in the county progressing and developing in the future. Whilst the County Council has limited direct powers regarding rail it does have influence with people who do, including the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Passenger Train Operating Companies. The County Council does not directly run passenger rail services, however it is a partner in North Staffordshire Community Rail and jointly subsidises Chase Line services with Cannock Chase District Council and Centro. With government plans to transfer some decision making powers regarding local rail services to local areas on the agenda, the County Council may soon have a greater influence over services which run on our local network. This Rail Strategy will be important in persuading others to provide funding to deliver our priorities to benefit the businesses and residents of Staffordshire.
In January 2013 Staffordshire County Council held its first ever Rail Summit to discuss and identify key issues affecting rail in Staffordshire and possible solutions. This gathering of industry experts has provided the foundation on which to develop the Rail Strategy for Staffordshire. The Rail Summit was a great success with over 60 delegates from 40 different organisations in attendance. The results of the summit have now been published in the Staffordshire Rail Summit Workshop Report - which can be viewed in the Related Documents section below.
Why we are consulting
The survey closed on Monday 4th November 2013. Thank you to all those who took part.
The aim of the survey was to gather the views of both Staffordshire residents (rail users and non-rail users) and people from outside of the county who use Staffordshire's rail network in order to inform the rail strategy.
The results of the survey will be published here shortly.
We intend to consult on a draft rail strategy in early 2014 and to publish the final working document during spring 2014.