About the Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership
The Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership (CRP) is an independent not for profit body which was created in 2003 to coincide with the establishment of Community Rail Partnerships by the Strategic Rail Authority.
Community Rail Partnerships are an established part of Government transport policy with some 60 examples operating across the UK. Partnerships bring together train operators with Network Rail, local authorities, businesses and community groups to actively promote a particular route through an agreed action plan focussing on short-term goals. These can include such objectives as improving station facilities, enhancing the frequency of weekend and evening services, providing promotional events like music trains and themed galas involving the local community and schools and colleges.
The Bishop Line CRP actively promotes the Darlington – Bishop Auckland line, an extension of Northern Rail’s busy Saltburn – Darlington service and has a part time Community Rail Officer, Robert Whitehouse The Line’s CRP was previously named the Heritage Line CRP but was rebranded at the end of 2010 and changed its name to the Bishop Line.
The Service on the line was designated by the Department for Transport as Community Rail in January 2011.