Community Rail Lancashire


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Welcome to the website of Lancashire’s Community Railways.

Lancashire is a county of contrasts.  Explore the delightful coastal areas of the Fylde and Morecambe Bay with dramatic views across to the Lakes; the historic towns and cities such as Lancaster and Ormskirk and discover the quiet countryside of the Ribble Valley and Pendleside dominated by Pendle Hill.

Exploring Lancashire by rail can be fun and educational as well!!  Did you know that Clitheroe has what may be the smallest castle keep in the country or that Colne host’s one of the largest Rhythm and Blues Festivals in the world?  There is so much to see, enjoy and learn and it can all be reached using Lancashire’s community rail network.

Lancashire’s community railways not only form an excellent way to explore the county but they provide vital links for commuters and students travelling to Lancaster, Preston, Liverpool and Greater Manchester.  Some of the Community Rail lines can be very busy in the peaks.

Through joint initiatives with Northern Rail and other partners excellent value tickets are available such as the East Lancashire Day Ranger that combine rail and bus travel to help you go that bit further.

Community Rail Lancashire also offers the unique DalesRail service that links Lancashire with the Yorkshire Dales, Eden Valley and Carlisle.  Click here to find out more.

Click on the interactive map to find out more about the Community Rail lines of Lancashire.

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Click the link above to see some of the projects that Community Rail Lancashire supports

To see maps of how the railway network looked in the Lancashire & Cumbria areas in the past click HERE.

Each April the Office of the Rail Regulator publishes figures showing how many passengers use every station. Click HERE to look at the latest figures (2011/12) for stations on the community rail lines.


For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. R L Stephenson

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This website is part funded by the Designated Line Community Rail Development Fund