People are being encouraged to have their say on the future of rail travel in Staffordshire as part of a consultation.
Staffordshire County Council wants to hear from both Staffordshire residents (rail users and non-rail users) and people from outside of the county who use Staffordshire's rail network.
The survey available on www.staffordshire.gov.uk/railstrategy aims to gather people’s experiences of rail travel in Staffordshire, whether positive or where improvements are needed.
People can share their views on current services and facilities and how the gateways to Staffordshire can be improved, together with views on the proposals for the high speed rail link, which the county council is opposed to.
Staffordshire County Councillor, Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure said: “The rail network is very much in the news with HS2 and it 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.
“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. I would urge people to complete the survey and let us know what they think.
“Whilst 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."
In January, Staffordshire's first ever Rail Summit was held with over 40 industry experts offering their insight into the future of rail travel in the county.
The feedback from the survey will be fed into a wider Staffordshire Rail Strategy and used to help plan future rail travel provision for the county.
The consultation is open until Monday 4 November 2013. Staffordshire County Council continues to champion the cause for mitigation and meaningful compensation for residents affected by both Phase One and Phase Two of the scheme and further details are available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/HS2