The move has been welcomed locally
The rail service on the Severn Beach line, between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach, has been designated as a Community Rail Service.
This means more community involvement and a more flexible approach from train operator First Great Western, with emphasis on meeting local needs.
Bristol City Council has already invested in the line and plans are now in the pipeline for improvements.
The move was welcomed by the Severnside Community Rail Partnership.
Rail minister Tom Harris said: "This means communities can become even more involved in how these services run."