Community Rail Projects

Current Projects

Last Updated: Thursday 10th March 2022. 

‘Be Settled’- A Dementia & Other Hidden Disabilities Friendly Line

The Settle-Carlisle Railway CRP is working in partnership with Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Railway, Northern, Thred, Dementia Forward, North Craven Age UK, The Place and others.

Our focus is to gather information, an understanding and awareness of what needs to be met in order for Settle and the Settle to Carlisle rail line to become more accessible by people in our local communities who may be struggling to access all areas within the town and on the railway.

Working together, we will distribute a survey to gain more understanding of our communities needs; we will hold open day(s) at the Settle railway station and in the town centre and deliver tester days to small groups initially to gather more information.

Anyone interested in being included in communication about the ‘Be Settled’ project can leave their name, contact numbers and email address with louise@theplaceinsettle.org.uk.

Project Funders:


DalesBus 830 Bus Service to Hawes and Richmond from Ribblehead

The DalesBus 830 connecting bus service from Ribblehead to Hawes and Richmond was funded by the Settle-Carlisle Railway CRP and the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Railway. The Sunday-only service provides locals and visitors with the opportunity to explore the remote hidden towns and villages of the Yorkshire Dales directly from the Settle to Carlisle rail line.

Aim of project : To support access for health and wellbeing and support leisure and tourism to the national park through integrated rail / bus operations from Ribblehead for up to 24 days, Sundays and Bank Holidays between 15 May-23 October 2022 to tie in with Northern timetables. Support and promote services of the Dalesbus network linking Hawes, Swaledale and Richmond towns with the railway. Promoting and helping Dales communities recover from the pandemic by increasing footfall across the leisure and tourism sectors into these rural areas by promoting sustainable travel and reduce multiple car journeys.

Where we’re at : We are currently waiting to approve the funding for Summer 2022

Next Steps : The service will run from May 2022, and we will start promoting the service as soon as possible.

Find out more about the DalesBus 830 service here.


Settle Primary School STEM Studio

The Settle-Carlisle Railway CRP are pleased to be a part of this exciting new project to create an environmentally sustainable dedicated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Studio to be used as a mini outdoor classroom within the school’s grounds.

In 2018 the school won the finals of the Rolls Royce Science Prize for their work involving STEM subjects and filmed a mini documentary for the Science Museum in London. In 2019 (Y1 pupils) and 2020 (Y5 pupils) also won the Farmvention Award for their creative projects showing the potential of this school’s pupils year on year.

The STEM Studio is due to start building in late March 2022, and once completed will be open to schools situated along the Settle-Carlisle Railway to further their STEM education, and to local communities looking for a space to use.

The long term goal is to promote the STEM opportunities, to prepare children in primary education for secondary school and into employment in future years. The space will become available to community groups to use through a booking system as a safe place for learning and wellbeing.

Aim of project : The aim of our STEM project is to help encourage STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education with students across the line.

Where we’re at : We’re currently working with Settle Primary School to create a stand-alone STEM studio which, once built, will be available for bookings from to schools across the Settle-Carlisle line, and the local community

Next Steps : We currently have a start date from 21st March 2022 for building, with plans for an official opening Spring 2022!

Project Funders:

Our Partners currently funding this project are Community Rail NetworkNorthern; Yorkshire Dales National Park; Cross Country Trains; Avanti West CoastSettle Middle School Legacy Fund with more joining us soon.

For more information about the project please contact joanneoakey@settle-carlisle.co.uk


  Access The Dales 

We are working with Access the Dales, a new local charity whose aim is to make the Yorkshire Dales more accessible.

We are working on numerous projects alongside Access the Dales to improve accessibility along our line.

Our first project with Access the Dales is supporting their festival, running from April 2nd – 10th. On the 5th April 2022, there will be a “Try Your Hand at Boccia” from 12:30pm – 3pm at Kirkby Stephen Memorial Hall. We will be providing free bus transport from Kirkby Stephen Station to the memorial hall.

Our second project is we will house a powered mobility scooter at Settle Station, which will be free to hire and explore Settle & Giggleswick.

Aim of project : The aim of our accessibility projects is to make the Settle-Carlisle more accessible for both hidden and visible disability. We are working with local charities, including Access the Dales, on multiple accessibility projects.

Where we’re at : One project we’re currently working on is the Access the Dales Festival in April, providing transport from Kirkby Stephen Station to the Boccia event.

We’re also working with Access the Dales to have a power chair at Settle Station

As well as working with Access the Dales, we’re also working with local Dementia groups, to work to make our line more Dementia Friendly. We’re working with Dementia Forward, THREDS, local dementia groups, and Northern to make progress.

Next Steps : We’re still in the early stages of this project, and we are working to create a survey to circulate to hear about what stops people from accessing the railway.

For more information about the project, please email katie@settle-carlisle.co.uk


Year Of Appleby

The aim of our Year of Appleby project is to not only improve how the station looks, but to promote and celebrate the history of the station, and engage with the local community.

We plan to work with local artists an schools to create art boards, celebrating the working class history of the Settle-Carlisle line. We also hope to work with the local community, and be able to tell the stories of the real people who have worked on the line.

Aim of project : The aim of our Year of Appleby project is to not only improve how the station looks, but to promote and celebrate the history of the station, and engage with the local community.

Where we’re at : We are currently in the planning stages of this project, working with the town council, local groups, local artists, and schools to create historical boards and artwork at the station. We hope to have a Heritage Weekend event, in collaboration with the town, and look into how we can secure the historic APPLEBY stones.

Next Steps : Our next steps are to engage with the local schools to create an art project, and to work out a plan to secure the Appleby stones.

If you have any personal connections to Appleby Station and the Settle-Carlisle line, please email katie@settle-carlisle.co.uk


Project Triangle 

We’re working with The Bentham Line to promote travel between our two lines and explore the Yorkshire Dales more.

Aim of project : We are working with The Bentham Line (Leeds – Skipton – Morcambe), who we share part of the line with, to cross promote the Ingleborough Triangle (Ribblehead – Settle – Betham) and help encourage travel along both lines.

Where we’re at : We’re currently in the planning and designing process of a booklet which will include walks, cycle routes, places to eat and stay and more.

Next Steps : To finalise our design, print and circulate the booklet