Rose Grove railway station

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Rose Grove National Rail
Rose Grove railway station in 1985.jpg
Rose Grove railway station in 1985
Place Burnley
Local authority Burnley
Grid reference SD815322
Station code RSG
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  22,255
2005/06 Increase 23,824
2006/07 Increase 24,374
2007/08 Increase 27,003
2008/09 Decrease 26,924
2009/10 Increase 27,898
2010/11 Increase 32,686
2011/12 Increase 40,142
2012/13 Increase 42,078
2013/14 Decrease 40,710
2014/15 Increase 43,176
Original company East Lancashire Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
18 September 1848 Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rose Grove from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Rose Grove railway station is located in the western part of Burnley in Lancashire, England, 11 miles (17 km) east of Blackburn railway station.

The Caldervale Line and the East Lancashire Line converge at Gannow Junction east of Rose Grove. However the station is only served by the East Lancashire Line, as the semi fast Blackpool North to York service via Burnley Manchester Road does not call at Rose Grove. Trains go instead towards Burnley Central and terminate at Colne.

The station as it was in 1951

The station is a long island platform, with a disused bay platform at each end - one formerly used by local trains to Blackburn via Padiham and the other for services to Todmorden. It is unstaffed, but there is an information board at the station entrance.

Rose Grove was formerly the site of an engine shed, which was one of the last to house steam locomotives on British Railways.[1] The site is now beneath the M65 motorway, which runs beside the railway at this point.

LYR Class 0-6-0 at Rose Grove shed in 1959 with the buildings in the background

During 1989, Rose Grove was the starting point for an Inter City "Holidaymaker" Saturday service the 06:50 to Paignton and the terminus for the 14:10 from Paignton return journey.

The Blackpool North-York service initially called at Rose Grove after its reinstatement in 1984 to allow interchange with trains to and from Colne, Nelson, Brierfield and the two other Burnley stations at Burnley Barracks and Central. However this stop was removed from the service in the early 1990s with East Lancashire Line passengers wishing to travel eastwards towards Yorkshire having to change at Accrington instead.

The station became unstaffed in the 1980s, following the demolition of the station buildings. The last remnants of the Great Harwood Loop towards Padiham have also disappeared, the line having been closed in 1993 with the end of oil traffic to the power station there.


On weekdays, there is an hourly service from Rose Grove to Colne (eastbound) and Blackpool South via Preston (westbound). On Sundays, there is a two-hourly service in each direction.[2]

Following the re-opening of the Todmorden Curve to passengers in May 2015 (all structural work having been completed by Spring 2014 but with no available trains and unfinished signalling upgrades, delaying the introduction of the new service), trains on the Blackburn - Burnley - Manchester route now call at the station once per hour each way (including Sundays).[3] enabling interchange facilities from Colne, Nelson, Brierfield and Burnley's Central and Barracks stations. This reinstates the link with Todmorden and the Calder Valley that was lost in November 1965.


  1. ^ Burnley Borough Council. Accessed 27 October 2007.
  2. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 97
  3. ^ Magill, Peter (30 April 2013). "New Manchester route will revitalise Burnley branch station". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Hapton   Northern Rail
East Lancashire Line
  Burnley Barracks
Historical railways
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway   Burnley Manchester Road
Line and station open
Disused railways
Line and station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Great Harwood Loop

Coordinates: 53°47′13″N 2°16′55″W / 53.787°N 2.282°W / 53.787; -2.282