Burnley’s Manchester Road Station has seen passenger numbers rise by more than 100,000 in the past year – drawing praise from the Government Rail Minister on a recent visit.
Paul Maynard MP visited Burnley’s revamped station where he spoke about the Community Rail Partnership which has helped to revive the station.
The Department for Transport plans to build on the success of the scheme by launching an updated Community Rail Strategy – with millions of pounds of investment available for successful schemes. The plan is to see the scheme expanded and replicated on a wider scale across the country.
Mr Maynard said: “We have seen nearly a quarter of a century of communities pulling together to breathe new life into railway lines and stations – and we want to build on that success.
“We want to give the volunteers the support they deserve, spread their success and encourage new partnerships to be created and flourish.
“This forms a key part of the investment the Government is making in the railways – the biggest since the Victorian era, delivering new carriages, new routes, track upgrades and better stations.”
The minister is launching a consultation into how to expand and enhance community partnership.