The Bolton and South Lancashire CRP is one of the newest community rail partnerships (CRPs) in the UK, having been formed in 2019. The official launch was on November 27th. It is core funded by Northern Trains, CrossCountry, Bolton at Home, Avanti West Coast and CrossCountry, with additional project funding provided by Network Rail, Transport for Greater Manchester and, TransPennine Express.
It gained full accreditation from the Department for Transport in January 2020. We are members of the Community Rail Network (formerly the Association of Community Rail Partnerships – ACoRP) and Bolton Community and Voluntary Services. Our work is guided by the Government’s Community Rail Development Strategy (see below).
Our CRP grew out of the success of Bolton Station Community Partnership (covering Bolton station only) which is now a core constituent member of the CRP, along with other stakeholders including the above, plus community groups including Bolton Hindu Forum, On the Out, Bolton Rail Users Group and others. We have a reciprocal membership with Community Rail Lancashire. Currently, the CRP is an unincorporated voluntary organisation but we are in the process of becoming a company limited by guarantee.
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