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Bishop Line CRP welcomes new Chairperson to develop community links

Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership (CRP) has welcomed Caroline Pearce as its new Chairperson.

Caroline has been linked with the partnership since 2016, working closely with previous Chair Bob Whitehouse (who sadly passed away in November 2022) and CRP Officer Felicity on the Our Line Connections project, whilst managing Luxi – a not for profit production company.

The Our Line Connections project achieved great success and was recognised in both local and national awards – in 2022, the project came third place in the ‘Involving Diverse Groups’ category at the Community Rail Awards, and in 2021 was shortlisted for Best Arts and Business Partnership at the Journal Culture Awards.

Caroline now runs a coaching business and brings with her a wealth of experience in helping organisations and individuals to achieve their goals. She also has a great deal of knowledge of the Bishop Line area, the communities it serves and the wider context of community rail.

Caroline is looking forward to working closely with the Partnership and its steering group in the coming months to grow the Partnership, attract new and engaged members who have a passion for improving things in the local area, and to continue building connections with existing members.

Caroline is joining the Bishop Line team at an exciting time, as they continue to work on many projects in a variety of contexts. These include promoting rail safety to local young people, building strong links with local attractions such as The Auckland Project, Locomotion, and the Head of Steam Railway Museum, developing creative projects such as Storylines, and collaborating with Northern to create a series of rail products aimed at encouraging more people to choose the train for their next journey.

Bishop Line CRP are also looking forward to welcoming an additional Officer in September, who will focus on rail education with schools and community groups along the line.

If you would like to be involved in any of the exciting work that the Partnership does in the community along the Bishop Line between Bishop Auckland and Darlington, please get in touch via

Keep up to date with future news, projects, and events from Bishop Line CRP via their website.