SELRAP, the action group campaigning to reinstate just 12 miles of rail track between Colne and Skipton, are building up to a major last push to get the project over the line. A new rail corridor will be transformational – forming the North’s fourth trans-Pennine link, supporting the levelling-up of the East Lancashire and wider Northern economy.

SELRAP have appointed Burnley’s Scott Dawson Advertising to create a campaign video, showing support for the campaign from leading figures across the North. This will help in gaining more public support, and show how much the relatively small project will bring in benefits to the North.

The reinstatement of the track will connect the Airedale line, a modern and fast train service running from Leeds, into East Lancashire. Two trains will be scheduled per hour, with a new station built at Earby and a replacement station built in Colne. This will bring the Colne-Leeds journey time down to just 50 minutes, with significant benefits for students, commuting, leisure and tourism opportunities in East Lancs and the Yorkshire Dales.

Freight is another significant benefit the project will bring to the region. Additional freight trains on this route will make this a strategic freight rail corridor from coast to coast, connecting Hull with Liverpool and routes inbetween. This will significantly reduce congestion pressure on the M62, and will have a great benefit on the environment. This project will also open up other future projects, such as the building of a strategically placed freight terminal at Huncoat.

Amber Corns, PR Director at Scott Dawson Advertising said: “This is a great project and I’m looking forward to the final version. We’ve seen in Burnley how the reopening of the Todmorden Curve has brought benefits to the town being directly connected to Manchester, so I’m proud to be helping SELRAP get their project over the line.”

Peter Bryson, Chairman of SELRAP, said: “We’ve had so much support from leading figures already on our project, and 2021 is the year we will get this over the line and secure the funding. SDA had some great ideas on how to get the message across in a way that will capture people’s attention, and this will be the year we get the wheels in motion!”

More can be seen on the benefits and the progress so far on the project at the SELRAP website here:


Accrington Stanley FC held a moving Remembrance Day service to mark the opening of the new Memorial Garden at the Wham Stadium, a cause close to the club and supporter’s hearts. The memorial garden was a project funded by the Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Trust who raised over £30,000 to allow the build to go ahead.

To commemorate Remembrance Day, the club invited in members of the Accrington branch of the Royal British Legion. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 regulations, members of the public were not allowed to attend, so Scott Dawson Advertising were commissioned to capture the moving event on video for the club.

The club also welcomed Piper Paul Burns, who is Deputy Head at St Andrew’s Primary School in Oswaldtwistle, standard bearers and a bugler to play the Last Post to the Memorial Garden for the tribute on Sunday. Accrington Pipe Band is the oldest civilian pipe band in the United Kingdom and reputedly the world, formed in 1885. A wreath was laid by Gary De Maine on behalf of the Official Accrington Stanley Supporters’ Trust.

Following the release of the outstanding video, there was national interest in the footage from the event, which led to it being included in the Sky Sports news coverage alongside footage of the national teams paying their respects, and also Granada News.

You can watch the video here: 

If you’d like SDA to make a video for you that has global potential get in touch here

Burnley Business Scott Dawson Advertising Is Stepping Up Production to Keep Retail & Manufacturing Staff Safe from Coronavirus as they Return to Work

The Government has issued guidance for all businesses on Covid 19 working practices. Scott Dawson Advertising has a kit to help organisations maintain social distancing rules.

Public health officials are advising the nation to keep 2 metres apart at all times. This is because the coronavirus is thought to be spread by water droplets in coughs and sneezes. By keeping your distance as much as possible you can significantly reduce your chances of infection.

That’s why Scott Dawson Advertising Ltd (SDA), based in Burnley, has created Covid-19 Retail and Business Social Distancing Kits. Everybody wants to help the nation get through the coronavirus health crisis, but sometimes you just need a reminder to maintain social distancing.

Having brightly coloured signage around business and retail outlets goes a long way to reminding people to keep a reasonable distance.

The kits include:

  • 4 x A4 posters
  • 1 x A3 poster
  • 1 x banner
  • 20 x window stickers
  • 1 x floor graphic
  • 1 x A board
  • 1 x pull up banner
  • 1 x sneeze guard

These items can also be purchased separately as required and free local delivery is offered to businesses.

Zahida Shamim, Account Director of Scott Dawson Advertising commented:

“With the country getting back to work, business need to be prepared for new working arrangements. Simply keeping your distance is enough to save lives and protect the NHS, and with these Covid-19 protection kits, that’s what trying to achieve – we have had a massive uplift in supply of these kits both locally and nationally with larger companies wanting bespoke items which we can do all inhouse”.