Burnley Manchester Road railway station
|Burnley Manchester Road|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|1 November 1866||Station opens|
|6 November 1961||Closed|
|13 October 1986||Station rebuilt and reopened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Burnley Manchester Road from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
On 12 November 1849, the Manchester and Leeds Railway opened a single line branch – doubled in 1860 – from Todmorden to Burnley. The first station in the town, which was at Thorneybank, was replaced by Burnley Manchester Road in 1866. This closed on 6 November 1961, but was reopened (with new platforms) in 1986, two years after the successful re-introduction of year-round services between Leeds and Preston/Blackpool North. The station is currently unstaffed, but is due to have a new ticket office built in late 2012 (see next section).
The town currently has three other railway stations, Rose Grove, Burnley Barracks and Burnley Central, on the East Lancashire Line which diverges from the Caldervale Line at Gannow Junction west of the town centre.
On weekdays, the station is served by Northern Rail semi-fast services from Blackpool North to Leeds and York via the Caldervale Line. Currently (May 2013) there is an hourly service in each direction each weekday. On Sundays there is now also an hourly service (from mid-morning onwards) each since the May 2009 timetable change.
2013 Engineering work
Eastbound services (i.e. toward Hebden Bridge) will be suspended for 5 months from November 2013 until the end of March 2014 whilst Network Rail carry out major repairs to Holme Tunnel (near to the site of the old Holme station). The 265-yard (250 m) long structure has been subject to a permanent 20 mph speed restriction for many years due to earth movement in the surrounding ground that has damaged the tunnel lining and eastern portal (steel supports have been installed for most of the way along the tunnel bore since the mid-1980s to prevent further deterioration). The 20-week long blockade will see the tunnel lining strengthened & re-profiled, the damaged lining sections replaced, the eastern portal rebuilt, new track laid and drainage improvements carried out. Once complete, trains will be able to pass through the tunnel at 45 mph (72 kmh). Replacement buses will operate to & from Hebden Bridge, connecting with the train services from Blackpool & Preston whilst the work is in progress.
The local councils and MP have campaigned to restore a direct rail link between the town and Manchester Victoria using the defunct south to west curve at Todmorden that was removed following the withdrawal of local trains in November 1965. This would allow trains to run between Burnley and Manchester via Rochdale in less than an hour. Network Rail had intimated in its Lancashire & Cumbria RUS that such a link would be possible, but that the business case would only be viable with third party funding. It was thought that the scheme would proceed following the finalising of a Multi Area funding agreement between central government and a consortium of councils in East Lancashire in January 2009, although it was subsequently omitted from the list of projects recommended for funding over the next decade by the North West Regional Development Agency in July 2009.
On 31 October 2011, it was announced that the scheme had been granted finance as part of the Regional Growth Fund announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Services were initially due to start at the May 2014 timetable change following completion of the Holme Tunnel work. However, due to a lack of available rolling stock it has now been announced that services will not start until December 2014 at the earliest.
The plans will also see the station facilities upgraded (at a cost of up to £2 million) with the opening of a new ticket office in a new station building and the provision of additional car parking spaces & new waiting shelters.
- Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
- G. Daniels & L. Dench (February 1963). "Passengers No More 1952 - 1962" (2nd ed.). GLO. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
- Northern Rail Timetable 8 - Blackpool North to Halifax - Bradford - Leeds - York 17 May to 12 December 2009 Northern Rail website; retrieved 2009-06-02
- 20 Week Closure for Holme Tunnel UpgradeModern Railways website news article;Retrieved 2013-08-22
- Northern Rail News - Holme Tunnel ClosureNorthern Rail; Retrieved 2013-10-25
- "Burnley–Manchester 45-minute rail link 'top priority'", Burnley Express, 30 June 2008. Accessed 28 August 2008.
- Network Rail Lancashire & Cumbria Draft RUS. Accessed 28 August 2008.
- Green Light For Rail Improvements Lancashire Telegraph website article 12 January 2009; accessed 2009-01-13
- "No funding for East Lancashire rail improvements"Burnley Citizen website article 13 July 2009; Retrieved 2009-07-15
- Magill, Peter (31 October 2011). "Major boost as £9million rail link cash announced for Burnley". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
- Magill, Peter (23 October 2013). "'Lack of trains' to hold up new £8.8m Todmorden Curve route". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- Transformation plans unveiled for railway station Lancashire Telegraph 17 March 2012; Retrieved 2012-08-30
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