COMMUTERS can have their say on the future of Staffordshire's railways during a public consultation to develop a new county-wide rail strategy.
Staffordshire County Council wants to understand public perceptions over the future direction of rail provision in the county to help establish key investment issues and priorities to work towards.
Cabinet member for economy and infrastructure Mark Winnington said: “This is a great opportunity for people to have their say on how the wider rail network can be improved.
“Our vision for Staffordshire is for a connected county and a key element of this is a sustainable and efficient rail network which supports economic growth and prosperity," he said.
"To achieve this, it is vital that we talk to people to find out what they think and more importantly what they need from a modern rail network.
“While we have limited direct powers regarding rail travel we can use our findings and influence to work with partners to ensure that Staffordshire has an effective rail network that is fit for the future.”
He urged commuters to use the consultation to share their experiences, positive or otherwise.
With Government plans set to devolve some decision making to local rail services, the county council may soon have greater influence over services run in Stafford and The Staffordshire Rail Strategy will be important in persuading others to provide funding to deliver the county council's priorities.
The survey can be completed here or a paper copy ordered by emailing here or calling 0300 111 8000 and posted back to Staffordshire Rail Strategy Survey, Integrated Transport, Planning and Research, Staffordshire County Council, 1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford, ST16 2LP.
The closing date is Monday November 4 following which a draft strategy will be produced sometime in early 2014.