Community Rail Cumbria (CRC) comprises the three accredited Community Rail lines in Cumbria: the Cumbrian Coast Line, the Furness Line and the Lakes Line. The team also works closely with neighbouring Community Rail teams for the Tyne Valley line, Settle-Carlisle line, Leeds-Lancaster-Morecambe line and lines into Lancashire.
The Partnerships are greatly helped by community volunteers and support local communities to adopt their local station. This encourages station development with projects such as gardening and landscaping; building renovations and community events.
Accredited in 2019 by the Department for Transport and the Community Rail Network (formerly ACoRP), CRC works in partnership with the rail industry, Local Authorities, community groups, funding partners and the private sector to support the use and improvement of local railway stations and services across Cumbria.
CRC also has a strong focus on promoting and marketing our railways encouraging local communities and visitors to use the train to and through Cumbria.
From left to right: Dawn McGough, Community Rail Manager; Warren Birch, Community Rail Partnership Officer, Cumbrian Coast Line; Kerstin Esbjornssen, Community Rail Partnership Officer, Furness Line and Lakes Line; Claire Bradshaw, Community Rail Assistant.
Community Rail Partnerships
In order to achieve the overall aim of economic well-being and growth the Cumbrian Coast Line, Furness Line and Lakes Line CRPs have the following shared strategic objectives:
- To develop a sustainable community rail movement across Cumbria including the growth of Station Adoption, the creation of business and community opportunities, education initiatives and volunteer participation;
- To secure as a minimum sufficient funding to support the community rail staffing structure and the Community Rail Development Plan;
- To identify and contribute to a programme of station developments;
- To seek effective passenger and freight rail service improvements;
- To support rail revenue initiatives;
- To develop a sustainable and quantifiable approach for marketing and promoting rail travel which encourages both outbound and inbound use of the lines;
- To undertake a pro-active approach to those sections of the Cumbrian community disadvantaged by health, isolation or social deprivation.