Guidance

Bentham community rail line

Community rail line service between Leeds and Morecambe / Heysham Port.

Documents

Bentham Line: prospectus

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Bentham Line: map

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Details

The Bentham Line, also known as the ‘Little North Western’, runs from Leeds to Morecambe / Heysham Port. The line crosses 3 rivers: the Lune, the Wenning and the Ribble, and offers views to the Dales, Ingleborough and the Forest of Bowland.

Route data

Region North west
Locale Lancashire
Stations 17
Length 70 miles
Journey time About 2 hours and 30 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Service
Pilot project No
Designation date October 2012
Partnership Leeds Lancaster and Morecambe Community Rail Partnership (CRP)
Management Community Rail Lancashire
Operator(s) Northern

The Bentham Line serves the following 17 stations:

  • Leeds
  • Shipley
  • Bingley
  • Keighley
  • Skipton
  • Gargrave
  • Hellifield
  • Long Preston
  • Giggleswick
  • Clapham
  • Bentham
  • Wennington
  • Carnforth
  • Bare Lane
  • Morecambe
  • Heysham Port
  • Lancaster

Community rail designation

The Bentham Line was designated as a community rail service by the Department for Transport in October 2012. The designation covers the passenger service between Leeds and Morecambe / Heysham Port. The following 11 stations on the route are part of the designation:

  • Skipton
  • Gargrave
  • Hellifield
  • Long Preston
  • Giggleswick
  • Clapham
  • Bentham
  • Wennington
  • Bare Lane
  • Morecambe
  • Heysham Port

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Bentham Line has been identified as a rural route within Network Rail’s Cross Pennines, Yorks and Humber and north west (H) strategic route plan.

The Leeds, Lancaster and Morecambe Community Rail Partnership

The Bentham Line is supported by the Leeds, Lancaster and Morecambe Community Rail Partnership. This partnership is one of 5 to fall under the umbrella of Community Rail Lancashire. Altogether the partnerships support 7 lines or routes in Lancashire:

  • Clitheroe Line (Clitheroe to Manchester) — Clitheroe Line CRP
  • East Lancashire Line (Preston to Colne / Burnley Manchester Road) — the East Lancashire CRP
  • Bentham Line (Leeds to Morecambe / Heysham Port) — Leeds, Lancaster and Morecambe CRP
  • South Fylde Line (Blackpool South to Preston) — the South Fylde Line CRP
  • Preston to Ormskirk Line — the West of Lancashire CRP
  • Wigan to Southport Line — the West of Lancashire CRP
  • Wigan to Kirkby Line — the West of Lancashire CRP

The Wigan to Southport and Wigan to Kirkby Lines are not designated community rail routes.

Published 1 March 2012