£150,000 improvements at Rose Grove Railway Station

Rose Grove railway station opening
Rose Grove railway station opening

Improvements to Burnley’s Rose Grove railway station are well on track.

Rose Grove’s status has grown following the start of services on the newly restored Todmorden Curve earlier this year, which re-established direct train services between Burnley and Manchester.

A £150,000 improvement programme has been carried out to make Rose Grove more comfortable and secure for the many more people expected to use the station, with passenger numbers predicted to double to nearly 100,000 over the next decade.

The revamp included a new waiting shelter and seating, a customer information screen showing “real-time” train times, a ticket vending machine, and improved signs and information.

Security has also been boosted with CCTV cameras, a passenger-operated help point, and the removal of a number of large trees on the platform to create a more open environment.

The project, part of the £250m. Growth Deal secured by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, was completed before direct services to Manchester began in May thanks to funding from Lancashire County Council.

Community Rail Lancashire has also worked with Padiham Green CE Primary School and Lowerhouse Junior School to spruce up the station with £5,000 of new artwork.

Designs featured are based on a story about a stickleback called “Small Fry”.

Rose Grove locomotive shed used to draw water from the adjacent Leeds and Liverpool Canal and was famous for the number of sticklebacks found in the water tanks of the locomotives.

Coun. John Harbour, Burnley Council executive member for housing and environment, said: “With our partners we’ve greatly improved transport links this year.

“The relaunch of the Todmorden Curve service, providing Burnley with a direct train to Manchester for the first time in over 40 years, is another milestone in our economic growth”

A second phase of improvements at Rose Grove is expected to bring an improved car park and a small bus interchange.

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