The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail PartnershipThe East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership (ESLCRP) is an unincorporated association of local government, public transport operators and community groups.

The Partnership aims to bring together representatives of the local transport authority, local planning authorities, train operating company, infrastructure operator and a wide range of local community groups, with the objective of securing the future of the Ipswich to Lowestoft and Ipswich to Felixstowe railway lines through increased patronage and revenue.


ESLCRP Funding Partners


The partnership is funded by train company Greater Anglia, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council and East Suffolk Council who hold seats on the board.


Felixstowe Travel Watch and East Suffolk Travellers Association


Local user groups Felixstowe Travel Watch (FTW) and the East Suffolk Travel Association (ESTA) are represented through membership of our three devolved Line Groups.



The Line Groups (North: Beccles to Lowestoft, South: Woodbridge to Darsham, and East: Ipswich to Felixstowe) are comprised of individuals, businesses, and representatives of town and parish councils who bring forth ideas which have contributed to significant improvements along the lines.


The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partership also works with Network Rail who own the tracks, signals, bridges and stations.

Network Rail

The ESLCRP is a member of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) which is a federation of more than 50 community rail partnerships and rail promotion groups.


On 03 March 2015 the Department for Transport awarded 'Designated Service' status to the East Suffolk Lines (Ipswich - Lowestoft, Ipswich - Felixstowe). The designation provides for a flexible approach to help improve the financial performance of the lines, increase the social value of the railway, and ensure the East Suffolk Lines long term future.Department for Transport - Rail Executive

For more information on the CRP, our constitution and how you can get involved through one our three Line Groups click on the links below: