Burnley Central railway station

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Burnley Central National Rail
Burnley Central
Location
Place Burnley
Local authority Burnley
Grid reference SD839330
Operations
Station code BNC
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  108,231
2005/06 Decrease 107,770
2006/07 Increase 110,993
2007/08 Increase 116,269
2008/09 Increase 116,486
2009/10 Increase 125,750
2010/11 Increase 145,892
2011/12 Increase 150,382
- Interchange 36
2012/13 Decrease 140,308
- Interchange Decrease 30
History
1 December 1848 Station opened
November 1871 renamed Burnley Bank Top
2 October 1944 renamed Burnley Central [1]
1964 Station rebuilt
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Burnley Central railway station is a station in the town of Burnley, Lancashire and is on the East Lancashire Line. It is managed by Northern Rail, which also provides its passenger service.

Following the singling of the track in 1986, Burnley Central has one platform in use, together with a small ticket office, waiting area and public address facility. There are information boards at the entrance of the station and in the booking hall.

History[edit]

The station in 1988.

It was opened by the East Lancashire Railway in 1849 as part of its route from Bury and Blackburn to Colne, where an end-on junction was made with the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway line from Skipton that had been completed several months earlier. The service from Colne through the station to Manchester Victoria via Accrington and Bury was well used from the outset by the owners of the local cotton mills, who travelled from their homes in the area to make their purchases of raw cotton at the Royal Exchange several times each week.[2] It was also possible to travel from the station by direct train to Blackpool, Liverpool and Skipton and even through to London Euston via Blackburn, Manchester Victoria and Stockport.[3]

However the cutbacks of the sixties affected the station badly, with through trains to Manchester via Bury ending in 1964 (two years before the withdrawal of the Accrington to Bury service) and those to Liverpool in 1969 whilst the line to Skipton was closed to all traffic in 1970.[4] This left the station on a dead-end branch line from Rose Grove to Colne, although the line remained double as far as Nelson until December 1986, when the eastbound line & platform (used by trains towards Colne) was taken out of use - the track was subsequently lifted and the platform demolished a few years later.

The station in 1962

Services[edit]

On weekdays, there is an hourly service from Burnley Central to Colne (eastbound) and Blackpool South via Preston (westbound).

On Sundays, there is a two-hourly service in each direction.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
  2. ^ Marshall; p.40
  3. ^ Frater, p.31
  4. ^ Suggitt, p.75

References[edit]

  • Frater, A. (1983) Stopping Train Britain - A Railway Odyssey, Hodder & Staughton Ltd, London. ISBN 0-340-32451-1
  • Marshall, J. (1981) Forgotten Railways North-West England, David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0-7153-8003-6
  • Suggitt, G. (2004 reprint), Lost Railways of Lancashire, Countryside Books, Newbury, ISBN 1-85306-801-2

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Burnley Barracks   Northern Rail
(East Lancashire Line)
  Brierfield
Historical railways
Burnley Barracks
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   New Hall Bridge Halt
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 53°47′38″N 2°14′42″W / 53.794°N 2.245°W / 53.794; -2.245