SME of the Week

Community Rail Lancashire

Congratulations to Community Rail Lancashire who are our SME of the Week. An estimated 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK today. The Community Rail in Lancashire will be the UK’s first ‘dementia friendly’ rail line, where staff are being taught to recognise when people living with dementia are travelling. It’s hoped it will make life easier for people living with dementia, and their careers, travelling on Northern Rail between Morecambe and Leeds. It has been organised by the Bentham Line Community Rail Partnership with help from Dementia Friends Keighley.


The Community Rails in Lancashire provide vital links for commuters and students travelling to Lancaster, Preston, Liverpool and Greater Manchester. Community rail lines and services are part of the commercial rail network, with services operated by the train operating companies and infrastructure owned and maintained by Network Rail. Although many provide a tourism service they are largely distinct from heritage and private railways that have been reopened as tourist attractions.

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