Colne railway station

Colne railway station
Colne National Rail
Colne station with a Class 142 set waiting
Place Colne
Local authority Pendle
Coordinates 53°51′19″N 2°10′56″W / 53.8553°N 2.1822°W / 53.8553; -2.1822Coordinates: 53°51′19″N 2°10′56″W / 53.8553°N 2.1822°W / 53.8553; -2.1822
Station code CNE
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
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Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 *   58,401
2005/06 * increase 62,056
2006/07 * decrease 61,098
2007/08 * increase 64,533
2008/09 * increase 71,152
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* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Colne from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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Colne railway station serves the Lancashire mill town of Colne which is situated close to Pendle Hill. The station, which is managed by Northern Rail, is the terminus of the East Lancashire Line. Trains from Blackpool South run through Preston and Blackburn to Burnley and Colne.

Currently the station only has a single platform and a shelter. The old station was demolished in 1971, after the closure of the line from Colne to Skipton, which had occurred in the previous year.



On Mondays to Saturdays there is an hourly service from Colne to Preston and Blackpool South.

On Sundays the service is every two hours.


The station opened on 2 October 1848, as the terminus of the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway from Bradford and Skipton.[1] The station became an end-on junction with the East Lancashire Railway's Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington and Colne Extension Railway, which opened on 1 February 1849. By 2 April in the same year the line was part of a through route between Leeds and Liverpool,[1] but the majority of passenger trains east of Colne were local between Skipton and Colne.[2]

The station was rebuilt in 1883 with two engine sheds (one for the Midland Railway to the east, one for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to the west, which two companies now owned the lines).[3]

The Beeching cuts of 1963 reduced the services along the Skipton–Colne line, and on 2 February 1970 this section of line closed. The station was demolished the next year and replaced by a single platform with a simple shelter.[3] The Skipton - East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership campaigns to reinstate the Skipton–Colne line.


  1. ^ a b Binns, p.8
  2. ^ Suggitt, p.73
  3. ^ a b Suggitt, p.75


  • Binns, D. (1984), Steam in Airedale, Wyvern Publications, Skipton, ISBN 0-907941-11-7
  • Rush, R.W., (1983), The East Lancashire Railway, The Oakwood Press, ISBN 0-85361-295-1
  • Suggitt, G. (2004 reprint), Lost Railways of Lancashire, Countryside Books, Newbury, ISBN 1-85306-801-2
  • Taylor, S., (1994), The Railways of Colne, Lancashire, Scenes from the Past No. 23, Foxline Publishing, ISBN 1-870119-35-5

External links

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Nelson   Northern Rail
East Lancashire Line
Disused railways
Terminus   Midland Railway
Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway

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