Welcome to Community Rail Lancashire
Due to the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic restrictions Community Rail Lancashire, in accordance with government and Community Rail Network guidelines, and in common with practice across the rest of the community rail world, has decided that we will close our office at Accrington station until further notice.
CRL staff are all working from home and can be contacted by email using the addresses and mobile phone numbers that can be found on The Team page under the About Us navigation button at the top of the page or by clicking this link. Please DO NOT use the office phone (01254 386579) as this will remain unattended for long periods of time.
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.
Community Rail Lancashire (CRL) and its four constituent Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) have been awarded accreditation by the Department for Transport.Accreditation is formal recognition by the Department for Transport that the partnership operates to a high standard and that its objectives and activities are supported by the Government. Further, the Government considers the partnership a good representative of Community Rail Lancashire’s communities.
The 8 Lines of Lancashire
Lancashire has five community rail partnerships (CRPs) that cover a total of nine lines or routes and these form one of the biggest groups of CRPs in the country.
- DalesRail Line
Blackpool North to Carlisle
- South Fylde Line
Preston to Blackpool South
- Clitheroe Line
Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria
- West of Lancashire Lines
Preston to Ormskirk, Wigan Wallgate to Southport & Wigan Wallgate to Kirkby
- East Lancashire Line
Preston to Colne
- Bentham Line
Leeds to Morecambe
- Todmorden Curve
East Lancashire to Manchester & Salford via Burnley
The Virtual DalesRail
Stories, tales and anecdotes from DalesRail. Posted 29.05.2020
Ribble Valley Service Improvements Get Boost
Proposal to reintroduce rail services to Hellifield. Posted 26.05.2020
Something For The Bank Holiday
Let's get creative with CRL. Posted 22.05.2020
Local Station Improvements Across Lancs & Cumbria
Work continues throughout lock down. Posted 22.05.2020
DalesRail Season 2020
Disappointment as 2020 season is cancelled. Posted 19.05.2020
Creative At Home With CRL
Short animations with ideas for home activities. Posted 18.05.2020
Covid-19 Travel Guidance
Suggestions for travelling safely after relaxed lock down. Posted 15.05.2020
Make a Beeline for the Station
‘Make a Beeline for the Station!’ is a community marketing project, that combines the vital elements of local education and wider group engagement with tourism attractions and professional marketing.
Discover Amazing Women by Rail
is a project that invites people to leave their car at home and use public transport to explore the fascinating, and often hidden, histories of women who lived and worked along some of the routes in Lancashire, Yorkshire & Mid Cheshire.