CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

CRP Accreditation Status Renewed

Community Rail Lancashire is pleased to announce, that following a meeting in October, we and our four constituent community rail partnerships have been awarded accreditation by the Department of Transport for the next year.

Richard Watts, Chair Community Rail Lancashire said this; “The (re)accreditation of Community Rail Lancashire (CRL) and its four constituent Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) is a fantastic achievement. It shows that the hard work of the CRL team, the management groups of the CRPs as well as the many volunteers who do such tremendous work in their communities and stations across Lancashire is formally recognised by the Department for Transport (DfT). It also means that CRL is delivering the 4 pillars of the DfT’s Community Rail Development Strategy.”

Richard continued; “Despite the challenges of 2020, CRL has been able to continue with its education engagement programme and to develop new projects and share best practice through its ‘Virtual Education Network’. The accreditation will enable us to continue to engage with the community to promote local rail services, develop leisure travel and improve rail stations. CRL and its CRPs will also continue to support larger projects such as the introduction of new services on the Ribble Valley Line and the construction of a passing loop on the South Fylde Line to enable a more frequent service to operate. CRL is proud of this achievement and will use it as a lever to doing even more for the communities it serves especially in the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

CRL would also like to congratulate the Leeds, Morecambe Community Rail Partnership (The Bentham Line CRP) on achieving their accreditation status for the next twelve months.


Accreditation is formal recognition by the Department for Transport that a community rail partnership operates to a high standard and that its objectives and activities are supported by the Government.

Accreditation should provide assurance to others, including potential funders and partners, that the CRP operates to high standards of governance and financial propriety; adopts a collaborative approach; is worthy of trust by others; and is a suitable entity for receiving public funds. Further Government considers it a good representative of the local community.