Rose Grove railway station
Rose Grove railway station in 1985
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||East Lancashire Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|18 September 1848||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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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The Caldervale Line from Hebden Bridge and the East Lancashire Line converge at Gannow Junction, just east of Rose Grove. The semi-fast Blackpool North to York service via Burnley Manchester Road does not call at Rose Grove, but the recently introduced Blackburn to Manchester Victoria via Todmorden one does do so. Trains either take the now single track line to Burnley Central and on to terminate at Colne or travel over Copy Pit summit into West Yorkshire en route to Todmorden and hence to Rochdale & Manchester.
It is unstaffed, but there are passenger information screens and a long-line PA system in place to provide train running information. Waiting shelters & a ticket vending machine are also available. Access to the platform is via a staircase from the road above, so there is currently no step-free access on offer for disabled users.
Rose Grove was formerly the site of an engine shed, which was one of the last to house steam locomotives on British Railways. The site is now beneath the M65 motorway, which runs beside the railway at this point.
During the mid to late 1980s, Rose Grove was the starting point for an Inter City "Holidaymaker" Saturday service - in the 1989 timetable this ran as the 06:50 to Paignton via Preston and Birmingham New Street 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.
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), 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 originally lost in November 1965.
- "Rose Grove railway station, Lancashire" Thompson, Nigel Geograph.org; Retrieved 21 November 2016
- Rose Grove station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 25 November 2016
- Burnley Borough Council. Accessed 27 October 2007.
- "Devon Memories"Derby Sulzers website; Retrieved 16 August 2016
- GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 97
- 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||Following station|
East Lancashire Line
|Burnley Manchester Road|
Line and station open
|Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway||Burnley Manchester Road
Line and station open
Line and station closed
|Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Great Harwood Loop