CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

WELCOME TO COMMUNITY RAIL LANCASHIRE

Supporting and developing Lancashire’s rail network for the benefit of the communities it connects.

 

We invite you to go on a journey to explore this exciting historic county with its great variety of landscapes, seascapes, cities, towns and villages. There is lots to see and do.

Connecting all these are the local railways that Community Rail Lancashire supports through it’s Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs). So what is on offer?

The West of Lancashire CRP

The West of Lancashire CRP covers the Preston to Ormskirk, Wigan to Southport and the Wigan to Headbolt Lane lines. Click HERE to Make a Bee Line for the West of Lancashire Lines.

The South Fylde Line CRP

The South Fylde line CRP covers the Preston to Blackpool South line. Click HERE to explore the South Fylde Line.

The Clitheroe Line CRP

The Clitheroe Line CRP covers the scenic line from Manchester to Clitheroe. Click HERE to explore the Clitheroe Line.

The East Lancashire CRP

The East Lancashire CRP covers the lines from Preston to Colne and to Burnley Manchester Road. Click HERE to explore the East Lancashire Line.

The Bentham Line CRP

More correctly known as The Leeds, Morecambe CRP this covers the line from Leeds to Morecambe & Heysham Port. Click HERE to explore the Bentham Line.

The Yorkshire Dales Explorer

A brand new service linking Manchester, East Lancashire and the Ribble Valley to stations in the Yorkshire Dales. Click HERE to find out more!

Community Rail Lancashire also has an education team and you can find out more about their work and how you can contact them by clicking HERE

Make a Beeline for the West Lancashire Line

Make a Beeline for the West Lancashire Line

‘Make a Beeline for the West Lancashire Line’ is a marketing project, that combines the vital elements of education and wider community involvement with tourism attractions and professional marketing.

 

The project is supported by a video that can be seen on this link: Exploring Lancashire by Rail (a walk from Burscough to Rufford) and a leaflet that can be downloaded here: Make A Beeline

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Discover the South Fylde Line

Discover the South Fylde Line

Discover the South Fylde Line is a brand new line guide launched by the South Fylde Line Community Rail Partnership (SFLCRP) and Community Rail Lancashire (CRL) during Community Rail Week 2022.

The project is supported by a video that can be seen on this link: Exploring Lancashire by Rail (a walk from Lytham to St. Anne’s via the Coast) and a leaflet that can be downloaded here:  Discover the South Fylde Line.

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Lancashire by Rail

Lancashire by Rail

Explore Lancashire by Rail
Is a series of films being made for Community Rail Lancashire by a local creative film company Huckleberry Films which are designed to encourage people to Explore Lancashire by Rail.

 

Click the ‘find out more’ button below to see the five films that have been published so far!

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Autism Friendly Line

Autism Friendly Line

A series of films has been made at stations along the Autism Friendly Line (Blackburn to Manchester via Todmorden) to help people gain confidence in using the station and rail travel. More details of the Autism Friendly Line can be seen on the this link: trained.website/

Click the ‘find out more’ button below to see the films that have been published so far!

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Accrington Eco Hub

Accrington Eco Hub

Accrington Eco Station was one of the UKs first eco stations and has been designed to have less impact on the environment through for example the use of recycled materials in its construction; the application of high-quality insulation to reduce the need for artificial heating and cooling and the generation of electricity by harnessing the sun’s energy.

If you would like to find out more about the eco features of the station click here to view a presentation about the station and here to view a full colour poster about the station.

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History Posters

History Posters

Over 40 of Community Rail Lancashire’s stations on their community rail lines have an interesting history and posters have been made and are on display at the stations.

These include stations on the lines in Lancashire and also along the Bentham Line from Leeds to Lancaster & Morecambe.

 

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Latest News

A Busy Community Rail Week For CRL

National Community Rail Week 2024 celebrated across Lancashire, West Yorkshire & Merseyside. Posted 25.05.24

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A Railway To Clitheroe

An illustrated talk about the campaign to reinstate the passenger rail service between Blackburn & Clitheroe. Posted 21.05.24

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Community Rail Week In Lancashire

National Community Rail Week sees CRPs, Friends Groups and others getting involved in promoting community rail and rail travel in general. Posted 14.05.24

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Bentham Line Stations Rail Travel Recovery

Rural stations along the Bentham Line (Leeds - Morecambe) are leading the way in recovery in rail passenger numbers. Posted 14.05.24

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Ansdell & Fairhaven Spring Update 2024

The Friends of Ansdell & Fairhaven Station have published their Spring 2024 report. Posted 10.05.24

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Hyndburn Windfall Fund Success

Windfall fund supports sustainable travel project along the Hyndburn Greenway between Church & Oswaldtwistle and Accrington stations. Posted 01.05.24

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The 7 Lines of Lancashire

Lancashire has four community rail partnerships (CRPs) that cover a total of seven lines or routes and these form one of the biggest groups of CRPs in the country.

The 7 Lines of Lancashire