Work begins to create commuter car park for rail users on site of former Burnley ambulance station

Work has started to transform the former Burnley ambulance station site into a railway station car park.

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 12:58 pm

The Manchester Road ambulance station was demolished in March last year and work began last month on the construction of the new commuter car park.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "The new car park will help improve transport links to and from Burnley and is an important part of the Burnley Pendle Hyndburn Growth Corridor Programme.

"The Manchester Road ambulance station project is the final scheme in the overall programme.

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Work begins to create the 67 space railway station car park on the former ambulance station in Burnley

"The car park will create 67 new spaces for rail passengers, including the future provision for electric car charging points and additional disabled parking bays adjacent to the railway station."

The Burnley Pendle and Hyndburn Growth Corridor is a series of schemes to ease congestion and promote transport links and development in East Lancashire. The Manchester Road ambulance station project is the final scheme in the overall programme.

The demolition proposal was given the green light last year and new ambulance station was officially opened at Burnley General Teaching Hospital in March, 2019.

Lancashire County Council principal architect Nicholas Dale said: "The car park is funded by the 'Burnley Pendle Growth Corridor' initiative to improve the local railway station's infrastructure and is a key part of the Burnley Manchester Road Station masterplan providing a designated over flow car parking facility.

Work is in progress to turn the old Burnley ambulance station site into a car park for the railway station

The development will see the existing pedestrian and vehicle access arrangement retained.

Extra covered cycle parking stands and the required number of mobility standard parking bays will be created within the existing station car because the Dent Row site is at a lower level.