The Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership represents the interests of local people in respect of the rail service. The Community Rail Partnership (CRP) is assisted by a Steering Group with representatives from local authorities, the rail industry plus the voluntary and community sector including the Friends of the National Railway Museum North East Branch.

Membership of the CRP is open to those with an interest in the Bishop Line in particular representatives of local charities, schools, groups and businesses. All are welcome to attend meetings and activities.

There is no fixed membership fee for corporate bodies, as the CRP recognises that time and other forms of support can be worth a lot more. However, the Partnership welcomes donations from corporate bodies towards its general work, or for specific projects.

The Partnership is a non-party political organisation and therefore political parties are not eligible for membership.