Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
4:00 AM 21st August 2021

North West Community Rail Groups Unite In National Campaign To Help Get Britain Moving Again

The Days Out by Rail campaign, coordinated by Community Rail Network, aims to inspire and encourage day-trippers and leisure travellers to jump aboard a train, for exciting, fun, eco-friendly outings.

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Days Out by Rail draws on local insights and ideas from community rail, a grassroots movement spanning Britain, which involves communities and volunteers with their local railways and stations. The initiative is raising awareness about rail as one of the greenest ways to travel – especially combined with walking, cycling and buses – avoiding traffic jams, parking and pollution. The campaign encourages people to leave the car at home and take the train to cut carbon emissions by two thirds, while enabling exploration of lesser-known spots as part of a day out, short break or staycation.

The North West is one of the most diverse tourist destinations in Britain, boasting a wealth of exciting attractions, scenic walking routes and heritage sites easily accessible by rail. Journey through picturesque Cheshire countryside along the Mid Cheshire Line (Manchester to Chester), enjoy views of some of the most scenic parts of Lancashire on the Clitheroe Line (Manchester to Clitheroe) and discover the fascinating history of rail along the Bishop Line (Darlington to Bishop Auckland).

The North West’s thirteen community rail partnerships, including Mid Cheshire Line, Clitheroe Line and the Bishop Line will be highlighting places to visit and things to do across the region as part of the campaign.

Richard Watts, Community Rail Lancashire said:
“We’re proud to support Community Rail Network’s Days Out by Rail campaign as it’s a great opportunity to promote our wonderful railway lines to visitors nationwide. We hope the campaign can help encourage people to visit by rail rather than car. As well as being a more relaxing and pleasurable way to travel, exploring Lancashire by rail benefits the local economy, and means less traffic, noise and pollution in our communities.”

Chris Tarrant, adventurer, veteran broadcaster and presenter of Channel 5's Extreme Railway Journeys has applauded the Scenic Rail Britain campaign. From the rail travel aficionado's admission of never having been a trainspotter, it is the chance to visit new places that excite him most about rail travel. His love of traveling by train on home soil began when he swapped extreme railways in far off lands to discover more of Britain by rail in 2017.

Tarrant said:
“This campaign will hopefully encourage people to take the train more this summer. What’s not to like about sitting back and watching the scenery roll by. Britain has some of the most stunning scenery in the world and a rail journey is part of the adventure.”

Jools Townsend, chief executive of Community Rail Network, said:
“Many people don’t realise the scope for seeing Britain’s stunning landscapes, pretty villages and historic sites by rail – and making use of our wonderful, often little-known, community rail lines and stations is a great way to do this.

"We are excited to launch our Days Out by Rail campaign with help from community rail partnerships and station volunteers across Yorkshire. This campaign is all about drawing on the local knowledge and insights from the community rail movement, and sharing that with families, day-trippers and holidaymakers. We hope to inspire more people to explore our beautiful countryside and fascinating heritage through green and scenic journeys by rail, avoiding the stress and pollution of driving and parking.”