Community Rail annual report

With continued recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen businesses, commuters and communities balancing and juggling with the idea of getting back to ‘normal’ whilst embracing flexible and hybrid working and behaviours and the rail industry trying to align and progress to pre-pandemic passenger levels. The Community Rail Lancashire team have excelled and been exceptionally busy in the delivery of a number of projects that have supported stations along both the Clitheroe and East Lancashire lines.

Here is a summary of the work undertaken, and you can read the full report using the link at the end of the article.

Blackburn Rail Station

Community Rail Lancashire and Crosshill Special School in Blackburn created artwork for the 2 metre long ‘Welcome to Blackburn’ sign, which was installed on Thursday 10th March and provides a wonderful colourful welcome to those visiting Blackburn and the railway Station.

Darwen Rail Station – ‘Back on Track Project

The launch of this project took place in
June 2021 and now provides Darwen Rail Station with some beautiful and inspirational art

Accrington Station

CRL has been working with The Bahja Initiative and IMO (Inspire Motivate Overcome) on a wellness project for women in Accrington.

Brierfield Station

On Thursday 2nd December 2021, in partnership with the Connecting East Lancashire Project and supporting partners, Northern and Pendle Borough Council, Community Rail Lancashire Officers launched a celebratory event to showcase the Pennine Cycleway and hidden gems that can be appreciated from Brierfield Station.

Nelson and Colne College

This academic year, CRL are working with the Business Studies Year 1 cohort at the college.

Rose Grove Station

Working with local creative film company Hucklebury Films, a film was produced highlighting a walk from Rose Grove station to the Memorial in Padiham, a 2.5 mile walk with plenty to see along the way.

Read the full report:

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