CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Explore Lancashire By Rail Bid Success

Community Rail Lancashire is once again celebrating success in a bid for a grant to support its Explore Lancashire by Rail project. The grant of £2.5k from the Community Rail Development Fund will help fund two short films designed to promote rail travel across Lancashire.

Huckleberry Films, a Lancashire based creative film company have been commissioned to make two short films of about eight to ten minutes to help promote the return to rail travel across Lancashire following the lifting of most of the restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The films will showcase two relatively easy walks that can be accessed by rail. The first is an approximately four mile walk along the seafront from Lytham station to St. Anne’s station with a short town trail.

The windmill on Lytham Green – Simon Clarke

The second walk is a circular walk of just over two miles from Darwen station taking in Darwen Jubilee Tower and with views across to the Fylde Coast, the Bowland Fells and the Yorkshire Dales.

North façade of Jubilee Tower, Darwen © Grzegorz Gniady (Wikipedia)

The project will support the Rail Delivery Groups new campaign #LetsGetBackOnTrack, Northern’s #GoDoYourThing and the Community Rail Network’s #DaysOutByRail campaign in particular the elements concerned with:

  1. Reconnecting with family.
  2. Doorstep discovery.
  3. Rediscovering days out with friends.

It also links with one of the key pillars of the Department of Transport’s ‘Connecting Communities with the Railways: The Community Rail Development Strategy’ namely ‘Promoting sustainable and healthy travel’.

The Community Rail Development Fund, is a pot of money provided by the Department for Transport and managed by the Community Rail Network. The funds are available for accredited CRPs to help with their projects.