Discounted Voyage of Discovery
Save money and travel in style! Pick up one of our discounted Resident’s Permits and discover exciting things to see and do right on your doorstep. Soak up scenic rural vistas and historical urban landscapes, the Resident’s Permit scheme provides discounted access to all of this and more for people living in Bury, Rochdale or Rossendale.
Travelling on a heritage railway is a great way to add a touch of magic to any day out. Travel to Heywood to visit Victorian Queen’s Park, visit the Met Theatre and adjoining Automatic café in Bury, steam by for a browse through Ramsbottom’s independent boutiques and shops and finish up in Fitzpatrick’s in Rawtenstall for a thirst quenching draft of dandelion and burdock in Britain’s last original temperance bar.
Why not get creative? Pick up one of our Rail Ale Trail leaflets and go on a self-guided tour of the line, sampling some fascinating history and some superior real ale. Your day can be as structured or relaxed as you want it to be, explore and have fun!
Pay a visit to one of our manned stations to apply for your permit, or download a free copy of the permit application form here.
Costs, terms, conditions and other useful information
Your permit allows you to travel at a discounted flat rate for any journey:
This ticket does not allow unlimited all day travel, however permit holders can purchase full line return tickets at discounted rates. Please note that although children cannot be issued with a Resident’s Permit, up to four children accompanying a permit holder may travel at the discount rate listed above.
Resident’s Permits are issued only to people aged 16 years or above who reside in the boroughs of Bury, Rochdale or Rossendale. There is a charge of £10 for a permit which covers you for a whole three year period. To claim your permit please apply at one of our manned stations. Please note that a passport photograph and proof of residency will be required.
Passenger Services Department (RES)
East Lancashire Railway
Bury Bolton Street
Bury BL9 0EY
Note that applications may take up to 14 days to process.
The permit is valid for discounts off single and return journey fares on all scheduled ELR passenger services unless otherwise advertised. Please note that the permits are not valid for discounts on rover or event tickets, platform tickets or Diner, Luncheon, Cream Tea, Night Rider or Santa Special tickets.
Find our full list of tickets and fares here.
Click here to see the full terms and conditions.