Freedom of information request response - 05535

FOI request

FOI ID number
Rail Services

Q1. How much funding is your authority providing and/or has it authorised funding for:

  • Rail infrastructure (e.g. new track, pointwork, signalling, bridges, platforms, stations, refurbishment)

  • Rail vehicles (locomotives, coaches, wagons)

  • Rail services

  • Railway enhancement (eg station refurbishment, bus and cycle facilities, CCTV, heritage refurbishment)?

If so, please confirm whether the service is jointly funded by any other public authority or public body.

Q2. Under any adopted policy, what local rail routes would your authority like to see reopened for passenger use, and for what categories from those shown below?

  • Express service (fast, high speed, long distance, Inter City, Eurostar etc.)#

  • Regional service (semi-fast, limited stop, inter-urban, commuter etc.)

  • Local service (stopping, commuter etc.)

  • Metro (suburban, stopping, commuter, overground etc.)

  • Subway/Underground/Tube (urban, stopping, part underground)

  • Light Rail/Tram/Tramtrains etc (urban, stopping, bus equivalent)

  • Heritage/tourist (steam, diesel, electric – please state if narrow not standard gauge)

  • Other (please provide further information).

Q3. Under any adopted policy, what local rail routes would your authority like to see reopened for freight use?

  • Intermodal (container) freight (e.g. freightliner shipping containers, waste trains)

  • Trainload haul (e.g. bulk like metals, oil, construction materials, coal, biomass)

  • Cars or other vehicles (e.g. BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, including international)

  • General freight (e.g. timber, packaged goods e.g. such Asda and Tesco rail, vegetables etc.).

Q4. If passenger services should be restored or new services introduced on reopened rail lines, does your authority have a policy preference for provision by:

  1. Direct local authority service contract (as with say, bus services) – for example, with a modern operating company of a current heritage railway operation?

  2. A special independent ‘microfranchise’ contract, but simpler, less costly and more focused than national or regional franchises - as originally proposed by the Government?

  3. A Community Rail Partnership or sub contract of an existing larger franchise operation?

Our response


Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request which has been logged with the reference number FOI 05535.

Please note that as a district council we do not have responsibility for railways.

See Freedom of Information at Network Rail to redirect your query using their website.

Response date
13 August 2018