New station opens its doors

Burnley Manchester Road Sation.
Burnley Manchester Road Sation.

Burnley’s new £2.3m. Manchester Road railway station finally opened its doors to its first passengers this morning.

The regenerated station has a staffed ticket and information office, a larger car park, CCTV, a real time passenger information system and new waiting shelters. The station also has a facility for the East Lancashire Community Rail partnership.

Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend said: “I’m sure train passengers using Manchester Road will be delighted with the new station building.

“Improving Burnley’s transport links is vital to our borough’s future prosperity and this is a key step in achieving that. With the direct rail service to Manchester coming next spring this station is only to get busier and busier.

“First impressions are important and it’s great that anyone using Manchester Road station will be greeted by a modern, eye-catching building that reflects our drive to create a transformed town that is going places.”

The contract to build the new station was awarded to Lancashire construction company Walter Carefoot & Sons, with engineering and architectural support provided by Hyder and Strzala but fell way behind schedule and should have opened in the summer.