Burnley Manchester Road railway station

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Burnley Manchester Road National Rail
Burnley Manchester Road 2015.jpg
Local authorityBurnley
Grid referenceSD836322
Station codeBYM
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 0.273 million
– Interchange Decrease 560
2015/16Increase 0.393 million
– Interchange Increase 4,545
2016/17Increase 0.433 million
– Interchange Decrease 2,682
2017/18Increase 0.451 million
– Interchange Increase 3,535
2018/19Decrease 0.422 million
– Interchange Increase 7,257
Original companyLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 November 1866Station opens
6 November 1961Closed
13 October 1986Station rebuilt and reopened[1]
National RailUK railway stations
  • 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 and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Burnley Manchester Road is a railway station serving the town of Burnley, Lancashire, England. It is situated on the Calder Valley Line 24 12 miles (39.4 km) east of Preston, near to the route's junction with the East Lancashire Line.


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. It had two stone platforms, a modest single-storey main building on the eastbound ("up") side and a smaller waiting room with toilets on the opposite side.[2]

This closed to passenger traffic on 6 November 1961,[3] and to goods in April 1973. The platforms were subsequently demolished, but the main building was retained and used as industrial premises. It was reopened (with new timber platforms) in September 1986, two years after the successful re-introduction of year-round services between Leeds and Preston/Blackpool North. The old station building was eventually demolished in 2013.[2]

The station in 1962

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 semi-fast services from Blackpool North or Preston to Leeds and York via the Caldervale Line. Currently (December 2018) 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.[4]

From 17 May 2015 an hourly service between Blackburn and Manchester Victoria serves the station seven days a week.[5] This calls at Accrington and Rose Grove, then Todmorden and most local stations to Manchester (except Walsden and Moston, which are only served on Sundays). Most trains also continue to Wigan Wallgate and Southport.[6]

2013 Engineering work[edit]

Eastbound services (i.e. toward Hebden Bridge) were suspended for 5 months from November 2013 until the end of March 2014 whilst Network Rail carried out major repairs to Holme Tunnel (near to the site of the old Holme station). The 265-yard (250 m) long structure had been subject to a permanent 20 mph speed restriction for many years due to earth movement in the surrounding ground that had damaged the tunnel lining and eastern portal (steel supports were installed for most of the way along the tunnel bore since the mid-1980s to prevent further deterioration). The 20-week-long blockade[7] has seen the tunnel lining strengthened & re-profiled, the damaged lining sections replaced, the eastern portal rebuilt, new track laid and drainage improvements carried out. Since completion, trains can pass through the tunnel at 45 mph (72 kmh). Replacement buses operated to and from Hebden Bridge,[8] connecting with the train services from Blackpool and Preston whilst the work was in progress. The line was reopened to traffic as scheduled on 24 March 2014.[9]


Local councils and MP had campaigned to restore a direct rail link between the town and Manchester Victoria using the defunct south to west curve at Todmorden which 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.[10] 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.[11] 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,[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] Services were initially due to start at the May 2014 timetable change following completion of the curve (and its signalling) and the Holme Tunnel work. All structural work was completed by spring 2014. However, due to a lack of available rolling stock and unfinished signalling changes at the Todmorden end (which were not completed until February 2015) it was announced that services would not start until May 2015 at the earliest (eventually doing so at the May timetable change).[15]

The plans have also seen the station facilities upgraded at a cost of £2.3 million with the opening of a new ticket office in a new station building and the provision of additional car parking spaces and new waiting shelters; completion was scheduled for Spring 2014.[16] The station building opened in November 2014, having been almost complete and awaiting improvements to lighting since July.[17]

The new ticket office is manned throughout the week, from start of service until 21:45 on weekdays and Saturdays and until 17:00 on Sundays. A self-service ticket machine is also available on the concourse. Train running information is offered via digital display screens, automatic announcements and timetable posters. Step-free access to both platforms is available via ramps from Manchester Road.[18]


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
  2. ^ a b Disused stations - Burnley Manchester Road (2nd Site) Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 27 February 2017
  3. ^ Daniels, Gerald David; Dench, Leslie Alan (February 1963) [1962]. Passengers No More 1952–1962. Closures of stations and branch lines (PDF) (2nd ed.). Brighton: GLO. p. 9. OCLC 504319235.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  4. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 8 - Blackpool North to Halifax - Bradford - Leeds - York 17 May to 12 December 2009 Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Northern Rail website; Retrieved 2 June 2009
  5. ^ Northern Rail timetable - Manchester Victoria to Blackburn via Todmorden from 17 May 2015 Archived 5 March 2016 at the Wayback MachineNorthern Rail; Retrieved 20 May 2015
  6. ^ Table 41 & 82 National Rail timetable, December 2018
  7. ^ 20 Week Closure for Holme Tunnel UpgradeModern Railways website news article; Retrieved 22 August 2013
  8. ^ Northern Rail News - Holme Tunnel ClosureNorthern Rail; Retrieved 25 October 2013
  9. ^ Northern Rail - News : Holme Tunnel reopened on Monday 24 March Northern Rail press release; Retrieved 24 March 2014
  10. ^ "Burnley–Manchester 45-minute rail link 'top priority'", Burnley Express, 30 June 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  11. ^ Network Rail Lancashire & Cumbria Draft RUS Archived 7 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  12. ^ Green Light For Rail Improvements Lancashire Telegraph website article 12 January 2009; Retrieved 13 January 2009
  13. ^ "No funding for East Lancashire rail improvements"Burnley Citizen website article 13 July 2009; Retrieved 15 July 2009
  14. ^ Magill, Peter (31 October 2011). "Major boost as £9million rail link cash announced for Burnley". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  15. ^ Adams, Chris (13 August 2014). "'East Lancs MP Slams Todmorden Curve Rail Link Delays". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Transformation plans unveiled for railway station". Lancashire Telegraph. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  17. ^ "First passengers pass through new Burnley Manchester Road station". Lancashire Telegraph. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  18. ^ Burnley Manchester Road station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 19 December 2016

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Accrington   Northern
Calder Valley Line
  Hebden Bridge
Rose Grove   Northern
via Todmorden Curve
  Historical railways  
Rose Grove
Line and station open
Copy Pit Line
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 53°47′06″N 2°14′56″W / 53.785°N 2.249°W / 53.785; -2.249