Community Rail project launches new website for the East Suffolk rail lines

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership has launched a new, updated version of its website.

The website – at eastsuffolklines.co.uk - has been redesigned with a fresh look and more up to date functionality - as it can now be viewed easily across different devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones for the first time.

The site also now supports video which Aaron Taffera, Chair of the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership hopes will make the site more interesting and engaging.

He says, "We have a video on the site which even takes you on a virtual tour of both the Ipswich – Lowestoft Line and the Ipswich – Felixstowe Line.

"While it is impossible for people to get out and explore because of the current situation, you can still enjoy the beauty of the area from the website, and maybe think about planning a trip in the future when it is safe to travel again."

The website also contains stories, news articles and photos, including the activities of the volunteer station adopters along the line who work hard to make their rural stations the heart of their communities.

Aaron adds, "I’m pleased with the look and feel of the new website and will continue to work on updating and improving it so that when Suffolk is ready to welcome visitors again in the future, we will hopefully be able to inspire them to come by rail."

Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s Customer and Community Engagement Manager, said "At the moment we are running a reduced rail service to enable essential workers to travel to and from work. Our rural branch lines are a vital part of that link and we are pleased to support the Community Rail Partnership with funding that enables them to build links between the railway and the community it serves.

"The new website helps to provide useful information during this time and also stands the lines in good stead for the future when tourism and travel will be possible again."