CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Funding Bid Success For Burscough Junction

Community Rail Lancashire has just been advised that it has been successful in a bid to the Community Rail Network’s Small Grant Fund. The bid on behalf of the West of Lancashire CRP will see a tool storage box made from recycled plastic installed on the disused platform at Burscough Junction station.

An example of tool box seen here at Langho station

St John’s RC Primary School in Burscough has restarted its upkeep of the disused platform at Burscough Junction station under a licence from Network Rail. Activity on the disused platform had been curtailed due to the Covid pandemic, but in May 2021 the school was keen to get started again and started a combined rail safety, confidence building and an environmental art project during the summer term, 2021 and since September 2021 have commenced, with full approval of Network Rail, visiting the platform fortnightly.

The children, under supervision of the staff, walk to the station and have found that it would be more convenient to be able to store their tools on the platform and as a result CRL suggested that a recycled plastic tool box similar to the image above might be the answer.

The storage box is to be made by local firm Ark Plastic, who have successfully installed their recycled plastic planters and storage boxes on station right across Lancashire. The box will keep all the tools required by the school and is in keeping with the plastic planters already at the station that have been supplied by the same company and approved by Network Rail, the landowners of the disused platform.


The Community Rail Network’s Small Grants Fund is a pot of money provided by the Department for Transport and is available for community rail partnerships and other Community Rail Network members to help with their projects.