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Railways: Community Rail Awards

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have any plans to give financial assistance in the form of capital or prize money to community railways during 2007-08. [HL3540]

The Government will continue to provide base funding for the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) during 2007-08. They will also continue to fund community rail lines and services via franchise arrangements and grants to Network Rail. Funding for local community rail partnerships is a local responsibility.

The Government sponsored an award in the 2006 Community Rail Awards. Since then, they have sponsored additional awards for the development and implementation of marketing plans for community rail routes, and the overall winner will be announced at the 2007 awards.

Capital funding will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and there is no specific allocation for community railways.