Burnley Manchester Road railway station

Burnley Manchester Road railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Burnley Manchester Road

manager = Northern Rail
locale = Burnley
borough = Burnley
years = 1866
September 1986
events = Opened
platforms = 2
lowusage0405 = 143,181
lowusage0506 = 151,216
lowusage0607 = 167,159

Burnley Manchester Road is a railway station serving the town of Burnley, Lancashire.


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 Thorney-bank, was replaced by Burnley Manchester Road in 1866. This closed on 6 November 1961, [cite web | url=http://library-2.lse.ac.uk/collections/pamphlets/document_service/HE1_42/E0000009/doc.pdf | title=Passengers No More 1952 - 1962 | author=G. Daniels & L. Dench | edition=2nd | year=1963 | month=February | publisher=GLO Accessed 27 August 2008.] but was reopened (with new platforms) in 1986, two years after the successful re-introduction of year-round services between Leeds and Preston/Blackpool North. The station is currently unmanned.

The town currently has two other railway stations, Burnley Barracks and Burnley Central, on the East Lancashire Line which diverges from the Caldervale Line at Gannow Junction west of the town.


On weekdays, the station is served by Northern Rail semi-fast services from Blackpool North to Leeds and York via the Caldervale Line. On Sundays, there is a two-hourly service in each direction.

Future Developments

The local council is currently campaigning to restore a direct rail link between the town and Manchester Victoria using the defunct south to west curve at Todmorden that 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. [ [http://www.burnleyexpress.net/burnleynews/BurnleyManchester-45minute-rail-link-39top.4234989.jp "Burnley–Manchester 45-minute rail link 'top priority'"] , "Burnley Express", 30 June 2008. Accessed 28 August 2008.] Network Rail has 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. [ [http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/rus%20documents/route%20utilisation%20strategies/lancashire%20and%20cumbria/lancashire%20and%20cumbria%20rus.pdf Network Rail Lancashire & Cumbria Draft RUS] . Accessed 28 August 2008.]


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