Autism Friendly Line

Community Rail Lancashire and the National Autistic Society, together with Northern, are proud to create and host the UK’s first Autism Friendly Railway Line.

Northern staff are trained to assist passengers with autism and other additional needs, and comprehensive information booklets are available for the line from Blackburn to Manchester Victoria via Todmorden (these can be collected at staffed stations or downloaded below), as well as activity booklets for children and young people.

Ear defenders and sunglasses are also available to borrow from staffed stations along the route; please return these at the end of your day.

We have designated dates during which staff will be made aware there may be more passengers than usual who require assistance. These dates (within 2019) are;
30th July
1st August
7th August
12th August
24th August
30th August

We encourage travel by rail at all times, but some resources may not be available outside these dates.

Travel guides, including businesses which feature autism-friendly hours and family-friendly activities, can be collected free-of-charge from staffed stations along the route. We recommend travelling between 9.30 and 16.00 to ensure services are quiet.

You can view videos of the line, tunnels and some features of the line on YouTube here; Autism Friendly Railway YouTube

Tickets can be purchased from staffed stations, ticket machines, or online at, along with timetable information and assistance booking facilities.

For further information, please contact

All resources are subject to availability. All information is accurate as of July 2019. This project was funded by Arriva Rail North’s seed corn fund and Community Rail Lancashire.