Mid-Suffolk Light Railway – Website Design & Development

The Brief

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway came to us initally as their old website had been hacked and infected by scripts sending users around the internet. Woodbridge Web quickly resolved their issues and secured the website. The relationship created, led to a full re-design and build of their website.

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway is Suffolk’s only standard gauge railway line, and needed to increase visitorship. One way to achieve this was to make the website more attractive, engaging and easier to find visitor information.

The Result

Woodbridge Web created a simple but effective design, which works really well with their content. The website utilises a vertical navigation as this works best with their logo. This is also a very visible type of navigation, making it easy for visitors to find the content they are looking for.

We have created a custom events listing system, that lists all events in order on the necessary pages, but also automatically updates those pages (such as the homepage) when the event passes. This makes it easy for the team at MSLR to add events to the website at the beginning of the year, and let it update automatically.

The website also has a members area, where volunteers can access required information on happenings at MSLR, as well as important information such as health and safety, which isn’t publicly accessible.

More recently we have added a donations system, where users can ‘sponsor sleepers’ for a railway track extension. This has the ability to take payments, as well as gift aid declarations.

The Response

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway are ecstatic with their website. They have experienced an increase in website traffic to their charity since we put the new website live. This helps translate into footfall to the attraction.

Woodbridge Web continue to help MSLR with the website, such as updates, feature and content additions. We also manage with their hosting and email systems.