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A (hopefully) comprehensive listing

Last update 30 September 2016

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This is a list of British railway services designated as "community rail services", intended to give local groups a greater say in how their train services are run.  Where possible an entire route (including infrastructure) is designated, but were infrastructure constraints are present (e.g. presence of too much other traffic, particularly freight; or part of the Trans European Network) only the train service is designated.  Information about individual designations is available on this government page.

Line Between... Route or service? Designation date
St Ives Bay line
Pilot project
St Erth-St Ives Route and service July 2005
Abbey line
Pilot project
St Albans-Watford Junction Route and service July 2005
Esk Valley line
Pilot project
Middlesbrough-Whitby Route and service July 2005
Tamar Valley line
Pilot project
Plymouth-Gunnislake Service September 2005
St Budeaux-Gunnislake Route
Looe Valley line
Pilot project
Liskeard-Looe Route and service September 2005
Penistone line
Pilot project
Barnsley-Huddersfield Route and service September 2005
Island line Ryde Pier Head-Shanklin Route and service March 2006
Poacher line
Pilot project
Grantham-Skegness Service July 2006
Tarka line Barnstaple-Exeter Service September 2006
Barnstaple-Cowley Bridge Junction Route
Maritime line Falmouth-Truro Route and service September 2006
Derwent Valley line Derby-Matlock Service July 2006
Ambergate-Matlock Route September 2006
Atlantic Coast line Par-Newquay Service September 2006
Marston Vale line Bletchley-Bedford Service November 2006
East Lancashire line Colne-Preston (extended to include Burnley Manchester Road January 2011) Service November 2006
Colne-Burnley (Gannow Junction) Route
Gainsborough line Marks Tey-Sudbury Route and service November 2006
Barton line Barton on Humber-Cleethorpes Service February 2007
Barton on Humber-Ulceby North Junction Route
Wherry line Norwich-Yarmouth; and Norwich-Lowestoft Service February 2007
Clitheroe line Manchester-Clitheroe Service March 2007
Medway Valley line Strood-Paddock Wood (extended to Tonbridge 17 August 2015) Service September 2007
Bittern line Norwich-Sheringham Service 28 September 2007
North Walsham-Sheringhan Route
Severn Beach line Bristol Temple Meads-Severn Beach Service 2 April 2008
Lakes line Oxenholme-Windermere Route and service April 2008
South Fylde line Blackpool South-Preston Service April 2008
Blackpool South-Kirkham and Wesham Route
Lymington line Brockenhurst-Lymington Route and service July 2008
North Staffordshire line Crewe-Stoke on Trent-Derby Service November 2008
Cumbrian Coast line Carlisle-Barrow in Furness Service September 2009
Bishop line Darlington-Bishop Auckland Service 13 January 2011
Preston-Ormskirk line Preston-Ormskirk Route and service 22 September 2011
Heart of Wessex line Bristol-Weymouth Service 10 October 2011
Mid Cheshire line Chester-Northwich-Manchester Service 18 January 2012
Furness line Barrow in Furness-Carnforth Service 1 June 2012
Avocet line Exeter St Davids-Exmouth Route and service September 2012
Bentham line Leeds-Morecambe/Heysham Port Service October 2012
Glossop line Manchester-Glossop/Hadfield Route and service 25 July 2013
Buxton line Manchester-Buxton Route and service 25 July 2013
Galloway line
Scottish pilot project
Stranraer-Ayr Route and service June 2014
East Lothian lines Edinburgh-North Berwick/Dunbar Service 23? July 2014
Highland Main line Carrbridge-Dunkeld & Birnam Route and service July 2014
North Suburban line Glasgow Queen Street-Anniesland via Maryhill Service September 2014
Barrhead line Glasgow Central-Barrhead Service September 2014
Tyne Valley line Newcastle-Carlisle Service 2 October 2014
East Suffolk lines Ipswich-Lowestoft/Felixstowe Service 3 March 2015
Borders Edinburgh-Tweedbank Service 2015
West Highland line   Service  
Strathallan   Service 2015
Hereward line Peterborough-Ely Service 22 December 2015
TransWilts line
Some overlap with Heart of Wessex line
Swindon-Westbury Service 29 September 2016