Work begins on revamping Burnley's busiest station

Construction work has begun on the new £2.3m Manchester Road railway station in Burnley.

Manchester Road_Station_15/8/13The improvements are intended to spur on a strong increase in passenger numbers at the station, which is already Burnley’s busiest.

Councillor Julie Cooper said: “It’s full steam ahead now to construct the station, which will accommodate the forecasted increase in passenger numbers when the Todmorden curve is reopened and when the University Technical College opens.

“For some passengers it can be the first impression they get of a town, and with the transformations underway in Burnley, with new schools, college and universities, it is important that visitors arriving, or passing through see the ‘new’ modern, changing Burnley. This is a vitally important project for Burnley’s future economic growth.”

Richard Watts, speaking for Citizens’ Rail Interreg IVB project commented that: “This is a significant project demonstrating the importance of rail connectivity as a driver of local economies. The station will not only offer the normal range of facilities but provides a base for the East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership and the Northern Rail Community Ambassadors.”

The contract to build the new station was tendered and awarded to Lancashire construction company Walter Carefoot & Sons, which is working to a completion date of March 2014, with architectural and engineering support provided by Hyder and Strzala. The station is being developed following partnership work with Lancashire County Council; Citizens Rail Interreg IVB; the East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership, Northern Rail and Network Rail in advance of the re-instatement of the Todmorden Curve, which will allow direct services to Manchester in less than one hour.