Burnley’s brand new eco friendly Manchester Road train station will open to the public in April.
This station has been built to accommodate the extra passengers expected once the new rail link to Manchester Victoria is completed with the opening of the Todmorden Curve.
The station will make life much more comfortable for railway travellers with a community room, shelters and a staffed ticket office.
The free car park has been extended to take up to 55 vehicles and 20 bicycles, as well as storage and improvements to the entrance.
Burnley Council leader Coun. Julie Cooper said: “For some passengers it can be the first impression they get of a town, and with the transformations underway in Burnley, with new schools, a college and universities, it is important that visitors arriving, or passing through, see the ‘new’, modern, changing Burnley.”
The £2.3m. facelift is just one of the railway projects expected to improve the town’s economy.
Repair work to the Holme Tunnel, whose walls have been distorted due to landslides, will also be completed next month.
The speed limit for trains travelling through the tunnel is currently set at 20mph. However, this will increase to 45mph, thanks to the repairs.
A replacement bus service to Hebden Bridge is still in place for travellers on the Burnley Manchester Road to York line.
Trains are continuing to run between Hebden Bridge and York, and between Burnley Manchester Road and Blackpool North.
For more details or to see the replacement timetable, visit www.northernrail.org/news/7323
The projects have been carried out by Walter Carefoot & Sons and funded by Lancashire County Council.