CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Case Studies

Over the years Community Rail Lancashire has been asked to write up some of its projects for the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) as Briefing Sheets.

My Mill Hill

Mill Hill is a suburban station within the local authority of Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire and is served by the East Lancashire Line which operates between Colne and Blackpool South. Passenger growth rates on the East Lancashire line have been impressively high (940,000 journeys recorded in 2011/12) with strong growth even recorded during the recession of 2009/10. In 2011/12 there were 70,389 recorded passengers at the station.

Despite an increase in usage over the last few years the station had fallen into decline suffering from anti-social behaviour, vandalism and trespass. As a result there was reluctance from members of the local community to use the station outside of peak travel times, especially during the evening.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, working in partnership with Northern Rail and the East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership, identified the improvement of safety and security at the station as a priority and were able to use Local Transport Plan 3 funding to implement a comprehensive CCTV system at the station.

The borough council also asked the Partnership for assistance in creating a project which would help breathe life back into the station and help reconnect the station and local bus facilities with the local community.

Download this best practice briefing sheet by clicking the link – My Mill Hill.

Recycling Waiting Shelters – Lostock Hall

Lancashire County Council spends considerable sums of money on improving public transport facilities including railway stations.

With growing environmental awareness and concern about Climate Change a fresh look has been taken at how station projects are developed. The impetus for this ‘new’ thinking was a report prepared by Transport Regeneration called quite simply ‘Eco Stations’ and published in November 2006.

During the building of Accrington’s new Eco Station it was decided to replace the shelters on the platforms and to recycle the old shelters to Lostock Hall a station further down the line.

Download this best practice briefing sheet by clicking the link – Recycling Waiting Shelters