Burnley Central railway station
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|Number of platforms||1|
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|1 December 1848||Station opened|
|November 1871||renamed Burnley Bank Top|
|2 October 1944||renamed Burnley Central |
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Burnley Central from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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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.
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. 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.
However the cutbacks of the 1960s 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. 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.
Despite the cutbacks, the station was rebuilt in 1965, with the ground floor at street level and the first floor at platform level, providing a booking hall, toilets, waiting rooms, stationmaster's office, parcels office and left luggage office.
On Sundays, there is a two-hourly service in each direction. New Northern Rail franchisee Arriva Rail North plans to increase this to hourly in the future after taking over operations in April 2016.
- Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
- Marshall; p.40
- Frater, p.31
- Suggitt, p.75
- "New station for Burnley". Modern Railways: 347. June 1965.
- GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 97
- Northern Franchise Improvements - DfT Retrieved 27 January 2016
- 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
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|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Burnley Barracks||Northern Rail
(East Lancashire Line)
Line and station open
|Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway||New Hall Bridge Halt
Line open, station closed