Residents across Tendring are being encouraged to make their voices heard over rail services in their area.

Providers are currently running three consultations giving people the chance to speak out and give their opinions.

Representatives from Tendring got round the top table at the Department of Transport (DfT) Stakeholders event in Chelmsford yesterday to discuss the new East Anglian Rail Franchise Consultation process.

They are now urging residents to get involved and have their say.

The Tendring Team was led by Tendring District Council Cabinet Member Mark Platt and “ONTRACK” Rail Users Association Chairman John Smock.

“The main message we want to get across is that we were there to engage with the providers for the benefit of the Tendring residents,” said Mr Smock.

“However, we now want people to take part in the consultation to back up the message we put across highlighting the inadequate standards of rail transport in our area.”

The event in Chelmsford was hosted by the Rail Executive team from the DfT, who are overseeing the East Anglian Rail Franchise bidding process, in association with officers from Network Rail and Passenger Focus.

The DfT consultation period runs until March 16. There are also two separate consultations being run by Network Rail – over infrastructure plans and connectivity – which require an earlier response by around the end of January 2015.

Everyone can also get involved on January 29 when there will be a direct opportunity at Clacton Railway Station with the DfT handing out leaflets.

Alternatively the public can undertake the Department for Transport on-line survey http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/east-anglia-consultation or e-mail responses if they believe there are issues and concerns not covered by the DfT on line survey. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/east-anglia-rail-passenger-franchise.

Cllr Platt added: “The big issues for Tendring are that there needs to be adequate infrastructure and capacity investment, as well as a standard of services and facilities on trains and at stations which will meet future population growth, tourism and economic regeneration.

“The issues also include frequency of services, through trains from all stations to London avoiding connections and early and late train provision.”

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